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In the heart of Nazareth, beside the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel, next to Mary’s Well, in the shadow of the huge fichus tree lies the recently discovered historical treasure, an ancient bath house.

While starting renovations for the new shop in 1993, Elias and Martina uncovered the historic remains of the only public bath house in Nazareth.

The water for the bath, no doubt, came from Mary’s Well since it was the main available water source in those times.

The site contains artifacts dating back to ancient Roman times suggesting, to experts, that the bath house existed at the time of Jesus or before. Today, you can enjoy guided visits of the caldarium (hot room), the most beautiful hypocaust (heating tunnels) in the Middle East and praefurnarium (furnace) at this site.

A place that should not be missed when you travel to the Holy Land. During the tour you will relax and have refreshments in the arched hall of the cavern where wood and ashes were originally kept and today a permanent exhibition of the bath house excavations and Mary’s Well are presented. In the shop upstairs, “Cactus” offers an exquisite collection of authentic traditional embroidery, handmade jewelry, metalwork, and other beautiful works of art.


The gift shop is named “Cactus” due to its location at the foot of a hill once known as Cactus Hill.

In the Arabic language “Saber” means as well as “cactus”: patience, endurance and perseverance.

These are the same qualities which Elias and Martina have needed in their mission to bring the bath house to the world.

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The Ancient Bath House (Cactus) Rank #11 of 19 | Type: Ancient Ruins
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Reviews from our community
"Impressive visit!"
28 July 2019
Really interesting visit with clear and complete explanation! Elias guided us to immerse ourselves in his story. Will strongly recommand discovering this beautiful place!
"Beautiful and unique bathhouse"
27 July 2019
The place is unique in its kind and very well conserved. Elias gives you a warm welcome and guides you through time with the history of the bathhouses, explanations of the system and the amazing...
"Very interesting visit!"
26 July 2019
We loved the tour Elias gave us! The story behind the Ancient Bathhouse where Jesus came was very interisting! The hospitality was warm! The setting perfect. Sit back and relax with a traditional...
Location Information
Roman Bath House
10:00am - 7:00pm