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Nazareth, North District, Israel — The Middle East
 

Basilica of the Annunciation

 
 
Basilica of the Annunciation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
1. Basilica of the Annunciation Marker
Inscription.
“And the Word became flesh”

Historians tell that the Grotto and its surroundings, being the site of the Annunciation were turned into a worship place in the 1st and 2nd Century.

-Early sources referred to the place as being “The House of the Virgin Mary” What supports this claim are the numerous inscriptions on the walls, mentioning Mary, which were left by pilgrims and visitors in early Christianity.

-In 427 AD, the first Byzantine church was built on the site.

-In the 12th Century, a Crusade church was built over the ruins of the Byzantine church.

-The current Basilica, consecrated in 1969, is built over the Grotto and the ruins of four earlier churches.
 
Erected by Israel Ministry of Tourism, Israel Government Tourist Corporation, and Nazareth Municipality.
 
Location. 32° 42.133′ N, 35° 17.867′ E. Marker is in Nazareth, North District. Marker can be reached from Paulus Ha Shishi 0.3 kilometers north of Iksal. Touch for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ancient Village of Nazareth (a few steps from this marker in Northern District); The Church of St. Joseph
Basilica of the Annunciation Markers: Hebrew, English and Arabic image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
2. Basilica of the Annunciation Markers: Hebrew, English and Arabic
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mount of Precipice (approx. 2.4 kilometers away in Northern District); The Citadel (approx. 5.9 kilometers away in Northern District); The Theater (approx. 5.9 kilometers away in Northern District); Tel Megiddo National Park (approx. 16.6 kilometers away in Haifa District); From Megiddo to Armageddon (approx. 16.6 kilometers away in Haifa District); The Northern Palace (approx. 16.7 kilometers away in Haifa District). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nazareth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nazareth: Basilica of the Annunciation. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation - Nazareth. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Basilica of the Annunciation, west facade image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
3. Basilica of the Annunciation, west facade
Altar inside the upper Basilica image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
4. Altar inside the upper Basilica
Interior view of the Basilica's cupola image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
5. Interior view of the Basilica's cupola
Japanese and Mexican (the Virgin of Guadelupe) among the many image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
6. Japanese and Mexican (the Virgin of Guadelupe) among the many
representations of the Madonna and the Christ child in the Basilica.
Basilica of the Annunciation - view from the north image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 24, 2011
7. Basilica of the Annunciation - view from the north
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
8. Basilica of the Annunciation
Altar area inside the lower Basilica, with grotto in the background.
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
9. Basilica of the Annunciation
Grotto area in the lower Basilica.
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
10. Basilica of the Annunciation
View of the altar in the grotto of the lower area of the Basilica.
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
11. Basilica of the Annunciation
A panoramic view of the upper Basilica area (click on the picture to enlarge the view).
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
12. Basilica of the Annunciation
Panoramic view of the many representations of the Madonna and the Christ child in the Basilica (click on the picture to enlarge the view).
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
13. Basilica of the Annunciation
View of the archaeological excavations of the 1st century C.E. village of Nazareth, that is displayed beneath the street level portion of the Basilica.
Basilica of the Annunciation image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
14. Basilica of the Annunciation
Close-up view of the archaeological excavations of the 1st century C.E. village of Nazareth, that is displayed beneath the street level portion of the Basilica.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on April 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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