Mary International Center “Mary of Nazareth"
The Mary International Center
one of the newest attractions in Nazareth is the Mary International Center, opened in 2011. The center, next to the Basilica of the Annunciation, offers visitors a fascinating audio-visual tour through the Holy Land and the life of Mary and Jesus.
Established by the French religious community of Chemin Neuf, the center has the backing of all the region’s religious denominations.
Set on four floors in a converted 17th century building, visitors can follow Mary’s journey, including an hour-long show spanning four rooms that involves surround sound, wide-screen cinema and 3D effects. Viewings are possible in eight different languages.
Another highlight is an outdoor viewing platform to see recent excavations revealing the remains of an early Roman home, dated to the time of Jesus and the first such house ever to be found in Nazareth.
Special technologies have been adapted to create an extensive roof-top garden around the center’s chapel, offering a calm and meditative place to wander through or to rest and enjoy the spectacular views of the Basilica of the Annunciation and Nazareth.