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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 19 | Certificate of Excellence 2019 | Type: Architectural Buildings
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"Interesting multicultural interpretation of Mary"
18 August 2019
Regardless of whether one believes this church is built where Mary lived when the angel Gabriel brought her the message, this is a fun church to visit. The highlight of the church is the collection...
"Splendid mix of modern and antique styles"
18 August 2019
This church will attract those who appreciate more modern interiors, but it retains the holiness of an important religious structure. Most nations contributed mosaics to adorn the basilica and it...
"Diverse and beautiful space filled with grace and history."
07 August 2019
Here is a collection of artistic portraits of Mary, the mother of Jesus, from around the world. There are a variety of architectural and visual arts that express appreciation for Mary's character...
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Basilica, Nazareth
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