The Basilica of Annunciation, a modern Catholic church, is the sacred site where the miraculous Annunciation took place. According to Christian tradition, while Mary was drawing water from a spring in Nazareth, the angel Gabriel appeared, delivering the divine news that she would give birth to Jesus.
A Place of Pilgrimage
Throughout history, this site has been a significant pilgrimage destination, attracting devout Christians from around the world. For pilgrims embarking on a Christian tour to Israel, visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation is a profound experience.
A Blend of History and Faith
The central grotto of the church is believed to have been the home of Mary, providing a unique connection to the biblical events. The modern church, constructed in 1969, stands on the archaeological site, encompassing the remains of the Crusader and Byzantine eras.
The basilica is crowned with a magnificent dome soaring 55 meters high, inspired by the Madonna lily, symbolizing the Virgin Mary. Within the church, you'll discover an upper level adorned with mosaics depicting Virgin Mary from around the world, which is particularly cherished by Catholic traveling to the Holy Land. The lower level of the church focuses on the Grotto, the Cave of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabrie delivered the divine message to Mary. Here, you'll also find archaeological remnants of the Byzantine and Crusader churches that preceded the present Basilica.
A Must-Visit for Christian Pilgrims
The Basilica of the Annunciation is a must-visit for Christians, especially for Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims, seeking to deepen their faith and connect with the remarkable events of the Annunciation.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” 35 And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
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