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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 24 | Type: Historic Sites
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"Angel Gabriel shared his blessing with Mary"
02 November 2023
Here the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to share the blessing that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. The cupola overlooks the cave where in which the Archangel...
"Beautiful Church"
01 July 2023
The Church is stunning. It is beautiful and well appointed. Outside there are many versions of Mary, from all different countries.
"An excellent place for worship"
11 June 2023
An historical place. Where Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, well arranged. One the Largest Church in Israel. Space for private Holy Mass is there.
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm