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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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"Another blessed site visited in Holy land 🙏"
27 November 2022
A must see in Nazareth. It was a long drive from Haifa but worth a lot seeing it. With lots of different portrait of Mother Mary from almost all over the world that you'll see inside.
"Must see- has some queues"
24 November 2022
This is in central Nazareth and dominates the skyline around it. It’s a must see if you are in the area where I guess you will need 60/90 mins to see everything you need to. It’s an impressive place...
"Breathtaking Historic Church "
16 November 2022
Massive structure with so much history. Beautiful Basilica which is a Catholic church in Nazareth Israel. It is believed and Catholic tradition holds this site to be the site of the house of...
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