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“Beautiful historic church”

The Church of the Annunciation
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Full-Day Christian Tour of Galilee
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Nazareth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built on the grotto where Mary is believed to have lived and the Site of the Annunciation, this basilica houses a collection of excavated remnants of churches from the Crusader and Byzantine eras.
Reviewed April 9, 2014

The church is one of Galilee's most famous and is beautifully preserved and maintained. Make time to go and see it if you possibly can.

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Church is grand. It is one of the largest in the Middle East. The court yard is decorated with mosaics of Many from across the Catholic world. It is interesting to see the many cultural depictions that reflect the people. My favorites are Nazareth and Greece. Find yours on your visit!

Its modern structure and simple interior are the architect's statement that a house of god should be simple but enshrine meaning, which is why the interior is mostly gray. Notice the dome, as you look up the design in the shape of the letter M for Mary also looks like a lily (Mary's symbol). Inside and on the second floor, there are more larger mosaics of Mary. Also notice the remains of the outer limits of the walls of the Crusader-era church behind the cave and along the perimeter leading up to the staircase (the characteristic feature is the "bench" - I hope that you have the time to take a seat and rest there for a moment to contemplate the beauty of the place).

As you walk up the stairs, notice the beautiful glass windows depicting the sun (or the spirit), the snake (temptation), the minorah and the olive branch, and the stained glass opposite the alter are quite inspiring.

Of course, if visiting with a knowledgeable guide who can point out the meaning of various decorative elements of the structure, it would be a more fulfilling and interesting visit. However f you are not traveling with a guide, these sites are a good intro:

http://israel-tourguide.info/2013/06/12/church-annunciation-nazareth/
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/catholic_historical_review/v096/96.1.halevi.html

Thank kitty567
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

What a disappointment! It is an impersonal experience, big and ugly church and not at all the spiritual experience you expect.

Thank Robert F
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

I think that visiting this place is going to be enjoyed much more depending on how it is presented. We had an amazing private guide that made the place come alive. I'm not saying at all that you won't enjoy this on your own since that honestly is the way I tend to usually travel, but this was one of the stops on our Christian private tour and our guide really knew his Bible history and even for those of us that didn't seem to have the entire Bible memorized, he was able to give enough feeling to what everything was that I was just in awe for every place he brought us.

Thank tdtid
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

I was not looking forward to visiting Nazareth, especially after a disappointing visit to Bethlehem earlier on our trip, but the BasilIca of the Annunciation just overwhelmed me. What a tremendous architectural masterpiece! As others have said, it is a modern piece, made from concrete, but the design is so lovely, especially the multi level interior, that you would never think of it being made by such sterile stuff. The interior of the courtyard walls and the interior of the basilica are adorned with art work contributed by countries all around the world (I have to admit that I found the US contribution rather unappealing). Words can't describe the interior, it must be seen to be believed. We spent 2 1/2 weeks in Israel and Jordan (Petra and Wadi Rum), and I consider the visit to the basilica one of the highlights of the entire trip.

Thank Steve Z
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