An important announcement

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The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel, celebrates a biblical memory. Here, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the news that she would have a baby. A cave (grotto) at a lower level of the complex marks the spot. The text of Luke 1:26-38 recounts the meeting. In this view, we peer into the seating area of the building where the local parish continues to meet on a weekly basis.

Walls, both inside and outside the structure, present a rich variety of Marian devotions.

Just up the street is Nazareth's ancient spring. There one finds an Orthodox structure dedicated to this same memory of the announcement.

Image by Bible Land Explorer Jay Hess.