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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 18 | Certificate of Excellence 2019 | Type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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"A Must See"
16 June 2019
Nazareth is small enough that you can see many many sites and streets and shops all in one weekend. The Church of the Annunciation is beautiful inside and out. Mosaics created for the church and...
"A must see for Christian pilgrims..."
15 June 2019
A church within a church built over the grotto where Jesus was thought to have been born. Emperor Constantine’s mother, Helena, commissioned many churches be built on the most important sites in the...
"Site if The Annunciation"
13 June 2019
We were fortunate to visit this church and get the blessings of the Holy Hour which began at 8:30 p.m. I was impressed be the crowds of pilgrims as the church was packed. After the service we went...
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Basilica, Nazareth
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