28 April, 2009

Annunciation Church - Nazareth

© Angela M. Lobefaro

Thanks to gadihext and to his very friendly family for the fantastic hospitality!

Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth,Israel

Its presence dominating the city, the Basilica of the Annunciation, maintained by the Franciscan Order, is the largest in the Middle East. The modern structure, consecrated on 23 March 1969, and designed by the architect Giovanni Muzio, consists of two levels.


The lower church contains the grotto which, tradition holds, was the home of Mary and the Site of the Annunciation, along with remnants of churches from the Crusader and Byzantine eras.


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