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Basilica of the Annunciation   18 comments

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.

Posted July 30, 2012 by rigmover in Israel

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Off the Wall   2 comments

Israel, like many other countries has its troubles, this last set of photo’s shows the measures Israel has imposed. I have no opinion, I don’t know enough about it, and I don’t live there.

The Israel I’ve seen so far is a friendly, vibrant, fun place and the food is amazing. I’ll be back.

Enjoy, I’ll let you form your own opinion. But don’t knock it until you’ve been there. Have a great weekend.

Posted May 18, 2012 by rigmover in Jerusalem

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Basilica   6 comments


Just a short walk from the Western Wall is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and a few other names, inside is the slab on which Jesus was laid after he was crucified, (placing my hand on it sure made the hair on the back of my neck standup),  also the Sepulchre which is said to be the place Jesus was buried. I took a few shots of the Sepulchre (which is allowed) but they are quite grainy, I might post them at a later date. 

For the observant viewer you may have noticed a small ladder perched by the upper window, I overheard part of a story about that ladder and why it is still there, something about a repair job and no one could make up their mind who should do the work, hence it is still there. A bit like my jobs around the house!. If anyone knows the story please let me know and I’ll post about it later. Thanks.

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