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This week I will show some pictures of Nazareth. Most of you will think of a village, but it is now the third largest Palestinian dominated city in Israel.


This is the bell/clock tower of the Greek Orthodox church, where it is said that the angel appeared to Maria, announcing that she will have a baby and should call him Jesus. We also visited the Basilica of the Annunciation, nearly three kilometers from this place. The RC church believe that their spot is the correct one, where the anouncement was made. At least we passed through a very interesting market on the way from the one announcement spot, to the other.


Oh, and it was neither 05:00, nor 17:00 when this picture was taken. More like 09:45.





comments (15)

Unusual - I've never seen an "exposed" bell tower like this - usually they have brick around them, don't they? I like that they painted decorations on it.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth, it is unusual. What you refer to as paintings, are actually patterns cut out of the steel. I can't even come close to understand how such an intricate pattern can be cut from steel.
Definitely a "Ginnie Tower," Louis. HA! It's actually really something to stare at.
Louis: Glad you like it, Ginnie
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Feb 2016, 07:33
Not tea time then!
Louis: Not, my dear
I thought it was tea time Louis...Quite a fascinating tower!
Louis: No tea, but they have extraordinary nice coffee and hundreds of variations on the baklava theme. Thank you Richard.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Feb 2016, 08:35
That's a ery pretty bell-cote, Louis
Louis: My thinking went along those same lines when I first saw it, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Feb 2016, 09:30
This is a real 'Ginnie-tower'. I wonder when it strikes, now that I know the time is way off.
My eye caught the 'falling star' at the left..
Louis: The star is part of the Christmas decorations. I didn't check it all the time, so don't know whether the clock moved at all.
Did you hear the bells a'ringing?
Louis: No, Mary. There is a painting inside the church, where for some reason, people stick photographs of themselves into the frame. There I saw the pictures of a him and her from SA next to each other - like it is a love message. Found that quite interesting. They (or one of them) probably thought they will never be recognised.
It is certainly most unusual but a real find for photographers.
Louis: I thought so too, Brian.
Interesting and I'm surprised at how large Nazereth has become Louis.
Louis: It is a city, no doubt. Even has its own municipal bus services.
Those bells must make fine music...
Louis: Probably - I never heard them, Larry.
That's quite a bell tower!
Louis: The design is one of a kind, I believe, Tom.
I thought of Ginnie as soon as I saw this Louis!
Louis: What a influence she has on us ... Mind you, when I see a bicycle I think of the Trim one.
i like this strange looking clock and bell tower Louis...
my guess is that the Greek Orthodox got the spot right....petersmile
Louis: That guess is as good as any. The Bible mentions only Nazareth, no closer indication. Since she was a virgin at the time, the subject of being pregnant would lead to great shame in their community. Chances are that she took long to tell anybody of the announcement. Why I will vote for the Greeks, is that they have less nonsense - with the Catholics your knees had to be covered, to enter the basilica.
fine shot, Louis. i like the bell tower. it is strange that the tower is crooked with respect to the walls below.
Louis: I guess that the idea was for the tower to face the street - but that is just a guess. Thanks Ayush.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2016, 08:04
It is interesting, even if it can't tell you the correct time, Louis.
Louis: A great accessory for the church smile

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