Mary’s Well: The Announcement of a Lifetime
It's not your run of the mill morning when you find out you are carrying the Messiah, which is probably why the location holds such magnitude in the eyes of Christians everywhere. Known as Mary's Well, this spot is understandably a popular place for Christian pilgrims to visit while touring Israel. Here is all you need to know about this wonderful waterhole including its location, its story, and some fun things to do in the area.
Mary’s Well in the Bible
According to the Protoevangelium of James, the angel Gabriel came to Mary with this significant message which is known to all as the Annunciation. She would give birth to the future Savior of the world and the Son of God. While not everyone is in agreement on this point, most Biblical historians note this water source as the location. Catholics, on the other hand, believe the event to have taken place a short distance away, where the Basilica of the Annunciation stands.
Getting to Mary’s Well
Regardless of which location you are visiting, Mary’s Well is easy to get to. It is located within the present day Nazareth, in the very heart of the city. Visitors can take an inner-city bus from wherever they are staying and then walk from the bus stop to the site, or you can charter a taxi/van to take you directly there. Unfortunately, the actual well where Mary received the Annunciation is no longer intact. Instead, archeologists and historians have worked to recreate the well that covered the underground spring. Two attempts were made in order to bring this project to fruition. The first attempt was made in 1967 after the war, and the second one was in 2000. This latter reconstruction is the one that currently remains as the commemorative site of the monumental occasion.
What Else to do While in the Area
While visiting Mary’s Well, be sure to check out some of Nazareth’s other fascinating tourist attractions. Stop by the Basilica of the Annunciation, Megiddo National Park, the Nazareth marketplace, and the underground caves for some more exciting day trips.