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.....................Nazareth.....................

Bells ring our from church towers. Cassocked monks and playing children rub shoulders with pilgrims from the world over.
Aromas of fresh coffee. exotic spices and hot from the oven breads perfume the air in the colorful open air market.
The distinctive roof of the Basilica of the Annunciation dominates from every angle.

"The angle Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin... and the virgin's name was Mary... and he came to her and said, Hail , O favored one, the Lord is with you!...And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus."(Luke 1)

Gospel... the Annunciation... the "Good News continues to amanate from the rolling pastoral hills of the Galilee, as Nazareth anticipates the Third Millenium. No ancient sites in the Holy Land are so certain as the Christian sources of Christianity, and Nazareth, the site of the first Christian event, is where it all began.


.........................Basilica of The Annunciation......................

Its presence dominating the city, the basilica of the Annunciation. maintained by the franciscan order.
Is the largest in the Middle East. The modern structure, consecrated in 1969, consists of two levels.
The lower chuech contains the grotto which, tradition holds, was the home of Mary and the site of the Annunciation, along with remnants of churches from the crusader and byzantine eras.
The important archaelogical site, which includes the church and surrounding buildings, verifies this is in fact the location of the original village of Nazareth.
The Franciscan Museum within the church, preserves finds from the excavations.
The upper church, which serves as the local Roman Catholic parish church, is crowned by the stunning cupola through which natural light flows to illuminate the entire interior.
Magnificent mosaics, works ao art and ceramic reliefs- banners- contributed by Roman Catholic communities from around the world adorn the vast interior.