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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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"Very interesting architecture inside the church"
16 October 2020
Huge and beautiful church. The architecture inside is very interesting as there are multiple levels, and there's an atrium like opening in the middle of the church so you can look down from the upper...
"History is still alive "
22 August 2020
This church is very special. The pictures depicting Jesus from so many countries the sculptures, stained glass windows and stories are fascinating not only for Christians but for all people. This...
"The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth"
02 May 2020
The Church of the Annunciation, or The Basilica of The Sanctuary of the Annunciation in Nazareth is in the same building complex as the Church of St. Joseph but is located on the south end of the...