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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We enjoyed our half-day tour in Nazareth and spent a couple hours in the Church of Annunciation. There was a special service being given and we enjoyed a nice message being preached. The lower level has the childhood home of Mary and on the grounds are ruins from Byzantine and Crusader era Churches. Worth the free visit!

Thank Chadswick
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

An ancient, sacred place, full of historical events, even for those who are not christians, highly recommended!

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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.

Thank James D
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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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