Arab city in the Lower Galilee, holy to Christians. Here Jesus grew to manhood. Archeological findings indicate that Nazareth was populated already in the Early Canaanite Period. It is first mentioned as a Jewish village in the New Testament, and continued to be so after the destruction of the Second Temple. Most important of the Christian churches in the town are the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation and the adjacent Church of St. Joseph, and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel.