Church of the Annunciation Tours

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Consecrated in 1969, the Church of the Annunciation is the largest church in the Middle East and one of the most important religious sites in Nazareth. The Roman Catholic Basilica was built on the spot where, according to Christian belief, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive and bear a son and name him Jesus.

The modernist structure stands in stark contrast to other churches in Israel. The upper basilica serves as the parish church for the Roman Catholic community and features concrete pillars showing the Stations of the Cross, Italian ceramic reliefs and a series of wall panels donated by Catholic communities from around the world. This upper portion of the church also offers interior views of the church’s cupola. 

Below lies a sunken enclosure, called the Grotto of the Annunciation, where visitors can see remnants of older churches from the Byzantine and Crusader eras, as well as the believed site of Mary’s house.

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Before leaving the Church of the Annunciation, stop by the smaller Church of St. Joseph, believed to occupy the site of Joseph the Carpenter’s workshop.
Address: Casa Nova St., Nazareth, Galilee, Israel 16101, Israel
Hours: Open daily 8am-6pm
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Full-Day Christian Tour of Galilee

Stand in the very places where Jesus lived and preached on this full-day Christian Galilee tour from Jerusalem. Travel to the lush region around the Sea of Galilee, and explore the sites of Jesus’ childhood and ministry. Explore Capernaum, where Jesus taught; see the site of the feeding of the 5,000; and visit Nazareth among other hallowed sites. Entrance fees, and Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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