Post and run today, i’ve been busy since my return from the North Sea, and today is no exception, so here is a quick look at the inside of the Basilica of the Annunciation, I’ve posted about the Basilica before here so check it out if you haven’t already seen it.
Have a great weekend.
This is the lower floor of the Basilica, 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.
Quite pleased how this turned out, it was very dark, and no tripod. Camera did a great job.
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.
These are some photo’s I took on my recent visit to Israel, we had a day tour to the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan and finishing in the City of Nazareth. I’ll post more soon.
The Jordan River is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers. It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends its course at the lowest spot in the world , the Dead Sea , at 420 meters below sea level. Along its course, the Jordan feeds two lakes: the Hula (now almost completely drained) and the Sea of Galilee.
I decided to have a little paddle myself.
I’m glad I didn’t see these Cat fish until after my paddle.
Even scarier was this thing, I don’t know what it is but check out its webbed feet, actually looking at it now, it’s pretty cool.
In 1867 a local San Francisco newspaper funded a trip to the Mediterranean for Mark Twain. During his tour to Europe and the Middle East, he wrote a popular collection of travel letters which were compiled into a book called ‘The Innocents Abroad in 1869. These were his impressions of the Jordan River:
“With the first suspicion of dawn every pilgrim took off his clothes and waded into the dark torrent, singing
‘On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
and cast a wistful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy landWhere my possessions lie’
But they did not sing long. The water was so fearfully cold that they were obliged to stop singing and scamper out again”