El Babour Mill

Sense of scents

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A visit to Nazareth is incomplete without a stop at the Elbabour Mill. This stop is a delight to the eye, nose, and heart. The eye is excited by the colors. The nose is captured by the aroma of the earth’s natural flavors. The heart is warmed by the hospitality of our dear friends Tony and Jarjura.

The mill is located in the center of Nazareth’s old market, not far from the community well. It has serviced the agricultural needs of the village since the Late Ottoman period. Its name, el babour, is a Arabic corruption of the phrase “the vapor” and refers to the steam engine that originally powered the mill.

Photo by Bible Land Explorer Jessica Poettker.


Tony Kanaza (far right) never fails to delight with stories of the mill, his latest culinary adventure, and his father. Read about this unique place in Nazareth’s history linked here.

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On Nazareth's streets

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Members of Cumberland Community Church (Smyrna, Georgia) have left the building! Our 2018 Israel/Palestine Study-Tour explores the hometown of Jesus. Highlights include the Church of the Annunciation, Mary's Well, and the mill that has served the agricultural needs of the local population for more than a century. 

Nazareth's old market continues to experience revitalization. It is a maze of Ottoman-era buildings saturated by the smell of coffee and the sound of calls to prayer.


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Interested in visiting Israel/Palestine at a deeply discounted price? Pastors, professors, and their spouses are invited to participate in a unique experience for less than $1,500. Join us on January 8-15, 2019 for a rich engagement that introduces leaders to the potential and pitfalls of group travel in this exciting part of the world.

A fellow with exceptional taste

My dear friend Tony Kanaza is quick to share a smile, a laugh, a recipe, or a cup of Turkish coffee. You may find him at the El Babour Mill in Old Nazareth. The antique site still houses a 19th century steam mill once described as "babour" or "vapor" powered. If you sit and chat, Tony will tell you happy stories of growing up in this family business. Today, he and his brother Jarjure continue this agricultural focus, growing their own flowers, fruits, spices, and vegetables. For them, life is best spent close the ground, tending traditional technologies, stories, and hospitality.

The El Babour Mill needs to be on the "must visit" list for foodies everywhere or just regular tourists who need a break from the dreariness of life-as-usual.