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The Basilica of the Annunciation was first built on the ruins of an old church and on top of Virgin Mary's home and cave.

It was consecrated on the fifth of October, 1630.

According to historian Suzmenus, queen Hilani constructed both the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem and the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth.

According to archaeologist father "Paghatti" the Franciscan, landmarks of the Crusader and Byzantine churches were discovered as Franciscans embarked upon expanding the church in the year of 1955, in addition to uncovering some of the remnants of the Synagogue Church going back to the second and third centuries.

The current Basilica of Annunciation was erected between the years of 1960 and 1969 with cement covered in sculpted stones, and its architect was an Italian named "Motzio".

The Church is two floors high; each floor comprising an independent church; the upper and the lower churches.

The upper church is decorated with mosaics of the Virgin Mary donated by communities from around the world and is topped with a 40-meters-high-dome with the shape of a lily.

The lower church is the Grotto of the Annunciation, where the announcement to Virgin Mary by Archangel Gabriel has occurred.

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The Basilica of Annunciation Rank #2 of 32 | Certificate of Excellence 2018 | Type: Architectural Buildings
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"Fancy church"
20 May 2018
Supposedly this is on the spot where it was announced that Mary was going to give birth to Jesus...but who knows. In any event a large church was built here that is decorated inside and,out with...
"Not much there to see"
19 May 2018
The place is well maintained and free to visitors, however, it's a little disappointing as you would expect more - not sure what, but that's how I felt. May be an audio- visual presentation?
"A long ways to go to see where Jesus grew up but worth it"
19 May 2018
There’s really not much to see in Nazareth but Biblical places. This is where Mary was announced that she was having baby Jesus. There’s also excavations under. Try visiting in a tour that captures...
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm