Nazareth, Northern District, Israel
Basilica of the Annunciation
“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, Northern 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); The Church of St. Joseph (about 90 meters away, Mount of Precipice (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); The Citadel (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); The Theater (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); 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 . . . Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation - Nazareth. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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