I finally got around to my photo’s from my Nazareth visit last month, this was our last stop of the tour and in the 40 degree heat I was pretty glad of that, although it was nice and cool inside the church I think I could of found an equally cool pub.
The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth,(photo below, the water from the spring is coming down the wall behind Mary) and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation was erected at that alternate site.
The current church is a two-story building constructed in 1969 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. Under Roman Catholic canon law, the church enjoys the status of a minor basilica. A historically significant site, considered sacred within some circles of Christianity, particularly Catholicism.
The Annunciation, also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of JC.