Nazareth (pronounced /?næz?r??/; Hebrew: ????????, Natzrat or Natzeret; Arabic: ???????? an-N??ira or an-Naseriyye) is the capital and largest city in the North District of Israel. Known as "the Arab capital of Israel," the population is made up predominantly of Arab citizens of Israel. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events.