ANNUNCIATION CHURCH - NAZARETH

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (Evangelismo) is the location where the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will give birth to Christ.

 

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38

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Left: Iconostasis. Middle: Opposite the entrance to the church is a set of stairs leading down a small hall with a room at the end. The location of the room is where the Virgin Mary was standing during the Annunciation. Right: The small hall leading to the room at the end.

Entrance to the church.

.Entrance to the courtyard of the church

The only icon in the world to show the conception of the baby Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary at the time of the Annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel.

Address: Ha-Knesiya Square, Anis Kardosh St, Nazareth, Israel. Searchable in Google "Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation"

Mosiacs on the buildings to the left and right of the courtyard.

The sign outside of the entrance to the Church.

Opening times:

7am to 12pm (Midday)

1pm to 6pm

Sundays: 7am to 1pm

Keep in mind times change without notice.

Church bell tower.

Behind the glass door is the stairs the Virgin Mary walked down to pray in the place where the Archangel Gabriel announced the conception of Jesus.

The spring is pumped into this water system where pilgrims can take water as a blessing. Remember to bring a bottle. They sell bottles in the stall outside but it is not always open.

Marble cross in the room of the spring.

Beautiful wood carving of the Virgin Mary above the spring of water.