Church of the Annunciation Nazareth – כנסיית הבשורה
Happy Easter to all our Christian readers!
The Catholic Church of Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation, is the most impressive and spectacular site in the city and is considered as one of the most holy churches for Christianity. The church, an outstanding building in the center of town, is built where it’s believed was the house of Joseph and Virgin Mary, parents of Jesus. You can see in the slideshow the pilgrims from several continents as well as Christian officers serving in UN peace forces. Notice the sign in Arabic displayed by Moslem Arabs in Nazereth in front of the Church.
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On the lower level is the most holy place – Mary’s cave, the cave in which, according to the Catholic-Christian tradition, Mary was visited by Archangel Gabriel and told her she is destined to carry the Messiah in her womb.
The first church was built there back in 427 A.D, and a few others were built and destroyed since. In the current building which was established on 1969, there are still remains of the previous churches and it is one of the biggest, most impressive churches in the Middle East.
The breathtaking Basilica is 59.5 Meters high and shows colorful mosaics pictures of the Holy Family. The mosaics were made by Christian communities from all over the world, and every art work reflects the national character of the country that sent it.
|Admission to the Basilica is free.Open Hours:
Winter – Monday to Saturday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Summer – Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMTel. 04-6572501Note: Please dress modestly and speak softly.