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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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"Miraculous Inception"
27 May 2022
The story is, this is where the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was with child. Modern church sits atop the site where this event happened. I liked the different artistic interpretations of...
"Beautiful Cathalic Churchul"
03 April 2022
Beautiful church built on the entrance to Mary's house. This archeological gives one the insight of hour people lived in the time of Mary and Jesus
"Interesting"
20 March 2022
I thought this was quite interesting because downstairs they have the ruins of what is supposed to be Mary's house which look very old and on the floor above is a church with the dome above. The...
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Basilica, Nazareth
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