Basilica of the Annunciation – Nazareth

Our first stop was the town of Nazareth (Nazarat in Hebrew), credited as being the setting of Jesus’s youth, and the home of Mary and Joesph. Now Nazareth is an Arab town (al-Nassra in Arabic) (70% Muslim, 30% Christian). The most impressive sight in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, a giant cathedral built on top of what is believed to be Mary’s home. The church is relatively new (consecrated in 1969), and contains “gifts” representing Madonna and Child from all nations (3), notably from China (4, 13), the United States (12 – a new age depiction of Mary with a solid gold face), and Japan (15). The interior of the church is built around the ruins of the supposed home of the Holy Family (7) and upstairs is another larger worship hall (10, 11, 14) leading to a courtyard outside. Outside underneath the cathedral is an excavation of ancient Nazareth (16). Also the sign in front of the church is interesting (1).

I especially liked the Basilica of Annunciation because it assimilated its history (ruins). But what I realized later is that most of the churches in Galilee do…

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~ by jonathanmtsai on March 26, 2011.

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