Basilica of the Annunciation: Nazareth

Although there are several mosques in Nazareth and also several churches of different Christian denominations, this modern Church of the Annunciation, completed in 1969, is a special pleasure to visit, at least for a Roman Catholic. It is imposing by comparison with the nearby Church of Saint Joseph,  but that would hardly be an isssue for Joseph himself, whose signature characteristic was being unsung.

The first photo here Israel 452Israel 439Israel 450is of the Basilica itself and the second of the Grotto of the Annunciation. According to Roman Catholic tradition the Grotto sits on the site of Mary’s house in Nazareth, where she accepted the call to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God (the Annunciation). The Grotto is where Masses are said.

Above the Grotto and in a large outside space within the Church are images of Mary from many, many countries of the world that reflect those countries’ diverse artistic styles.  See photo 3 for one of them.

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