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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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"Beautiful church over a very holy site!"
11 September 2019
Absolutely beautiful church over the site where the angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus. Nazareth is overcrowded and traffic was pretty terrible but if you are...
"And the Word will become Flesh."
10 September 2019
Incredible. Where Angel Gabriel came to Mary (at here home) and told her she would carry Jesus. We saw her two room cave, which now has a church built over it. A must to see in Israel.
"Beautiful church with much to see"
02 September 2019
No matter what your religious affiliation, the is a fascinating church with artistic representations of the Virgin Mary from all over the world. The art alone is worth the stop. Going down to the...
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm