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Synagogue Church is a small Christian church in the heart of Nazareth known by this name because above its doorway is an embedded sign: "the synagogue."
The structure is currently controlled by the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Its floor is sunken about 1.5 meters underground, possibly built atop a Crusader church dating from the 12th century.
The church was under the control of the Franciscan until the 18th century, when the ruler Daher al-Omar passed it to the Greek Catholics.
According to Christian tradition, this church is built on the ruins of the ancient Nazareth synagogue where Jesus studied and prayed.
In addition, this is where one Shabbat day "Saturday", Jesus delivered his famous sermon (Matthew 13, Mark 6, Luke 4) based on Isaiah 61, where he declared himself as the Messiah to his Jewish village members. This sermon infuriated the listeners who dragged him to a cliff to throw him over, but he escaped.
Little is known of the years Jesus spent in Nazareth, leading scholars to describe this time as “the silent years.”
In 570 an Italian visitor described the synagogue, and reported that the original Bible was still there, including the bench where Jesus used to sit on.

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The Synagogue Church Rank #9 of 18 | Certificate of Excellence 2019 | Type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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"Breathtakingly beautiful!"
02 June 2019
This crusader era church is believed to have been built over the site of the synagogue that Jesus would have attended as a child. It is a beautiful and very spiritual place. If able to attend a Mass...
"A wow moment"
05 March 2019
The pinnacle of the experience here was when our priest was handed a scroll and read the same text fro Isaiah that Jesus read on this very spot.
"The Village Synagogue during Jesus' Boyhood"
24 December 2018
It was a miraculous feeling while entering this small church in the village of Nazareth where Jesus was studying, praying and preaching during his childhood years. The word,:SYNAGOGUE" was embedded...
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Greek Catholic Church, Nazareth