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    Largest Church of the Middle East

    by WStat Written May 16, 2008

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    The "Basilica of the Annunciation" was built above the sunken grotto, which Roman Catholics believe was the home of the Virgin Mary and the place where she received the Annunciation -- the place where the Archangel Gabriel told her, that God had chosen her to bear his son.

    The Basilica is the largest church in the Middle East,with dozens of paintings, murals and sculptures donated by Christian communities from around the world. The upper level is modern, but the lower level shows the remains of churches dating back to Crusader and Byzantine times. The Basilica’s imposing dome dominates the Nazareth skyline.

    The upper level, built between 1959 and 1969 on the site of an 18th-century church, is in a rather prosaic architectural style, with its stained-glass windows highlighted against bare stone. A garden and courtyard connect the Basilica to St. Joseph’s Church and Workshop.

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    The Church of The Annunciation

    by traveloturc Updated Feb 27, 2008
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    The Church of the Annunciation is the largest Christian church building in the Middle East. In Roman Catholic tradition, it marks the site where the Archangel Gabriel announced the future birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-31).The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. In other words, it is believed to be the location where Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a virgin, was visited by the Archangel Gabriel and told that she had been selected to be the mother of Jesus ( Yeshua). Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth, and St. Gabriel's Church was erected at that alternate site.
    The current church is a two-story building constructed in 1967 by an Italian over the site of an earlier Byzantine-era and then Crusader-era church. Inside, the lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary.
    In the courtyard you can see many pictures sended from different countries of the world

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    The Synagogue church

    by ophiro Written Feb 23, 2007

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    How a synagogue can be a church or a church can be a synagogue ???

    Well here in Nazareth there is such thing and it is located in the middle of the market , close to the church of the annunciation.

    The Christians believe that this was the location of the old synagogue of Nazareth where Jesus used to come here and preach.

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    The Market

    by ophiro Written Feb 23, 2007

    Like other Arab cities in Israel , there is a colorful market here , with a lot of smells and tastes.
    You will find here fresh fruits and vegetables , spices , pastry and a lot of fun.

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    The Greek church of the annunciation

    by ophiro Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    There are 2 churches with this name - the first one is the biggest (church of the annunciation) and there is the smaller one , St. Gabriel’s Church of the Annunciation.

    St. Gabriel's church is the site where the Greek Orthodox christians believe that Gabriel told Mary about Jesus.

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    St Joseph's Church

    by ophiro Written Feb 23, 2007

    The place where St. Joseph's Church is located is where Josheph , Jesus' father , built his workshop.

    The place is very close to the city's main attraction the church of the annunciation.

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    Church of the Annunciation

    by ophiro Written Feb 23, 2007

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    The church of the annunciation was built in 1969 by the Italian architect Giovanni Muzio.
    The location of this church is , as the christians believe , where Jesus' mother mary met Gabriel the archangel and he told her that she will be the mother of Jesus.

    This is one of the most holy places for the Christians and one of the biggest churches in the middle east.

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    The Greek Orthodox Archangel Gabriel Church

    by Bregman Written May 15, 2005

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    Archangel Gabriel Church

    This charming little church is my favourite in Nazareth. The church itself is about 150 years old but it stands on older, crusader, church. There is an underground channel in which the water from Mary's Well flows into the church. Notice that this is not a toured as the bigger, Catholic basilica. So, you might have to look for the keeper to let you in.

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    The Basilica of the Annunciation

    by Bregman Updated May 15, 2005

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    The Basilica of the Annunciation

    The most prominent church of Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation. This is where the Roman Catholics believe the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.

    The current church is modern, and not that attractive (I like the Greek Orthodox church much better). It stands on some older churches, dating back to the 4th century AD.

    See more of the exterior and interior of the basilica in the travelogue.

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    Church of the Annunciation

    by sswagner Updated Jan 6, 2005
    Grotto of the annunciation

    This landmark in the Nazareth skyline is unmistakable. The Catholic church has set up a very large structure that covers the grotto where tradition establishes that Mary was told she would be giving birth to God's son. This church has a huge dome and a very large interior. You will notice on your travels to Israel that many things happened in grottos. You can see the grotto of annunciation, the grotto of Jesus' birth, the grotto of Joseph and Mary's home, etc. Well, you get the idea.

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    Greek Orthodox Church of St Gabriel

    by mafi_moya Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    St Gabriel's Church

    To the Greek Orthodox Christian community this church celebrates the Annunciation. It's a much smaller, much more modest affair than the grand Basilica, and while it may not be as immediately impressive it's much older and has a lot more character.

    The marble crypt is built on the spring that serves Mary's Well and inside it's darkly lit with numerous icons and murals. There's a nice service on a Sunday.

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    Mary's Well

    by mafi_moya Written Oct 3, 2004

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    Mary's Well

    The thing about religion is that everyone has a different version. Some people believe that the Annunciation actually took place here, about 5 minutes walk from the Basilica site, at "Mary's Well".

    The spring under the well has served Nazareth for over 2000 years and the story goes that Mary was collecting water when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel. The spring is actually underneath the nearby Greek Orthodox Church of St Gabriel.

    Although it's in an attractive tree-covered square, Mary's Well feels a bit of a let-down, partly because of the empty cans and rubbish dumped at the bottom.

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    A brief tour of the world!

    by mafi_moya Written Sep 29, 2004

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    The wooden Sri Lankan donation

    An interesting tour around the world in 10 minutes is in the grounds of the Basilica. Here there are artworks and carvings of Mary and child donated from Catholic communities all around the world - East Asia, Europe, Central America, the Pacific, you name it.

    It was quite strange to find the donation from Sri Lanka, where I lived before Nazareth, with its Sinhala inscription. I also found one from Wales, my home country, and numerous other countries I've visited, from China and Vietnam to Italy and Ireland. I tried to find one from Sudan but unfortunately the collection doesn't seem to have stretched quite that far yet. Leaving aside the geographic interest, it's a very attractive and colourful collection and well worth a look.

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    The Basilica of the Annunciation

    by mafi_moya Written Sep 29, 2004

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    The Basilica

    This huge building and dome dominates the skyline of Nazareth. It stands on the site where it is thought Mary's home once stood and where Catholics believe she was visited by the Angel Gabriel and told she would bear the son of God. The actual building doesn't stretch back quite as far - in fact it was only built in 1969! Considering its importance the site was quite slow to becoming a major pilgrimage site - the first shrine here was built over 400 years after Jesus' birth.

    It's the largest basilica in the whole of the Middle East, and built on two levels. The lower church was the home of Mary and contains the remains of numerous old Byzantine churches and a museum. The upper level is the modern local church and the vast interior is decorated with mosaics. The huge dome illuminates the church with natural light.

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    Basilica & School of Jesus the Adolescent

    by leffe3 Written Dec 29, 2002

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    Built high on one of the hills surrounding Nazareth, this early 20th century church and attached buildings command a spectacular view of the city and supply a majestic site from the centre below. The buildings themselves are attractive mock-Gothic without being ostentatious.

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