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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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"What a site"
16 January 2018
Imagine looking st Joseph and Mary’s home in today’s time Of course it is covered by a huge church but to see their home and how they lived 2000 years ago is truly amazing Must see in this region
"Beautiful Images of Mary from Around the World"
13 January 2018
Beautiful church dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus. The courtyard has images sent from around the world of Mary. Even the doors depict stories of Mary. The inside is just as impressive. There...
"All images of the Blessed Mother"
12 January 2018
This church is where the angel Gabrielle announced to Mary that she will be with child and called him Jesus. The church itself is beautiful. Then they point out where is took place. It was like a...
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm