Well of Mary

Mary's Well is located in the center of the downtown Nazareth, on the main road. According to the biblical tradition, this was the place where Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, was announced by the angel Gabriel that she will have a son of God.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 200 BCE The, southern facade of the structure, site is actually a modern water trough, which was built over the ancient trough, which was used by the women and animals as drinking water. The well gets its water by pipes from a natural spring about 200M north of the well, and was used throughout the ages. This current structure dates back to the 1960s.
c. 200 BCE Northern facade of the structure. The earliest written account comes from the Protoevangelium of James, "And she took the pitcher and went forth to draw water, and behold, a voice said: 'Hail Mary, full of grace, you are blessed among women.'"
c. 200 BCE The spring inside the Greek Church of Annunciation which is belied to have fed the Mary's well through the water channels. Today the flow of this spring is very gentle.
c. 200 BCE The Mary's Spring also known as The Virgin's fountain as it stood in early 1920s, with it's active use by the locals. It has been renovated twice, once in 1967 and once in 2000, the current structure is a symbolic representation of the structure that was once in use.
c. 200 BCE The western exposure of the remnants, today well gets its water through pipes from a natural spring about 200 meters north of the well.
c. 200 BCE The remnants of the water channels, discovered in 1997-98, behind the structure that used to carry water from the spring some 200 meters today situated within the Saint Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church.
c. 200 BCE A close up of the modern water trough
Latest Update: October 25, 2016