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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 #3 of 19 | Certificate of Excellence 2019 | Type: Architectural Buildings
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"spirit"
08 July 2019
An impressive church Yet Jesus brought his spirit from here :-) The building is decorated with the outer wall in mosaics of various countries of the world. The feeling in the place is of uplifting...
"Magnificent church"
06 July 2019
At the heart of Nazareth, in the old town you can find (among other churches) the church of annunciation, easily the most impressive one. The access is not that easy in the sense that the streets are...
"Look past the tourists"
19 June 2019
Unfortunately like most things in Israel this is another venue filled with Tourists and Tour groups and you feel a bit like cattle being directed. It is worth going with a tour guide as they seem to...
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Basilica, Nazareth
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