The Church Of Anunciation is pretty high up on the list for anyone travelling through Israel visiting significant holy places and sites of pilgrimage.
The Church itself is a magnificent building located in Nazareth. It is a huge two-storey basilica in a strikingly modern design. The church was built in 1969 and is the largest Christian church in the Middle East.
The cupola at the top of the building holds a lantern that symbolizes the “light of the world”.
Although the building itself is stunning, it is the cave below the church that holds the most significance to Christians visiting. Tradition tells us that the cave was the home of the Virgin Mary. It is in this cave that the archangel Gabriel is believed to have told young Mary that she was to be mother to the son of God.
Mary is said to have consented by uttering the words “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Carved across the triple-door entrance to the cave you can see the Latin words “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
The cave below the church is also flanked with the remnants of earlier churches that once stood on the same site.
A visit to the Church is always a humbling and awe-inspiring experience.