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The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

In the mid-fourth century, a church was constructed around a grotto in the town of Nazareth that was said to be the Virgin Mary’s house and the place where the archangel Gabriel appeared to her during the Annunciation. This holy site was clearly well established as a place of worship towards the end of the fourth century as the pilgrim Egeria describes an altar within a grand and splendid grotto. The Piacenza pilgrim who journeyed to Nazareth in the late sixth century states that there is a basilica at the House of Mary that contains many garments that once belonged to the Virgin. Today, remnants of wall paintings, mosaics, and the architecture from this early church building are visible.

Creator

Lucy O'Connor

Date of Visit

1st July to 8th August 2013

Contributor

Lucy O'Connor

Rights

Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

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Architecture

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Collection

Nazareth

Citation

Lucy O'Connor, “The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed September 21, 2019, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/210.

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