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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 #2 of 17 | Certificate of Excellence 2018 | Type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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"Nice, a must"
13 January 2019
A very nice church, one of the most important ones in Christianity. 2 flors, archeological site, clean, holy and nice
"Gorgeous "
11 January 2019
The church is beautiful. Amazing artwork, spacious cathedral, worshipful space. This is a must see in Nazareth.
11 January 2019
A very nice place to visit and to feel the spirit of God. It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian or Muslim or Jew you should feel the atmosphere.
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Basilica, Nazareth
8:00am - 5:00pm