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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 21 | Travelers Choice 2021 | Type: Architectural Buildings
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"Very welcoming"
23 July 2021
apart from the historical and religious value it's very well kept and you feel really welcome by the reception staff.
"Very beautiful and impressive ."
04 April 2021
Gigantic , impressive ,beautiful church built above the ruins of the old Basilica and cave where traditionally believed the annunciation to Miriam took place .
08 March 2021
On a Sunday early morning, in the silence of the day, I felt the owe. The quite nun walking into the church and then walking outside, holding her rosaries. I love the Madonna mosaics that were sent...
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm