Located in Nazareth, the northern city of Israel, the Church of the Annunciation is the largest Catholic church in the Middle East and the fifth church built on the same site. The remains of the four previous churches remain in Nazareth. One of the most eye-catching buildings. Nazareth became a holy city of Christianity because it was the home of Jesus.
There is a site of the Annunciation Cave in the church. When the archangel Gabriel came to Maria, she told her that she would preserve the cave that was conceived by the Holy Spirit. In addition to this special site, the image of the Virgin Mary from all over the world hangs from inside the church and in the long corridor. The Madonna, with its distinctive features and different faces, is full of reflections, reflecting the different understandings of the Virgin in various places. Among them, the Chinese Virgin is the Madonna of the goddess of Guanyin presented by Taiwan.
According to the New Testament Luke, the angel Gabriel came to Nazareth in Israel and relayed the good news of the birth of the Son Jesus to Maria and Joseph. Although it is a barren little place, even the locals do not believe that there will be any good things, but it is the hometown of Jesus.
Hometown, there are good memories for everyone, and it is the place where faith is pinned for life.
The Annunciation of the Angels is a favorite theme of Western painters of all ages. The masters such as Da Vinci and Raphael have described them. Now they walk into the Church of the Annunciation and are deeply surprised by the church with such a special style.
Nazareth was originally a small town that was inconspicuous, but because the Virgin Mary was pregnant here by the Holy Spirit, Jesus grew up here and became famous.
In order to commemorate the good news of Angel Gabriel's report to Mary, people have built a newspaper in the cave of the Annunciation, but after the natural disasters, the church was destroyed many times. Built in 1966, the church is the fifth church built on the same site. The walls of the church are inlaid with images of the Madonna donated by churches from all over the world.
The church is divided into two floors, the lower floor is the Baoxi Cave and the upper level is the newly built church. The top of the church was extremely tall and colorful. At that time, I was curious about this shape. After asking the tour guide, I realized that it was a lily that symbolized blooming. Lily is always regarded as the symbol of the Virgin Mary. The lily in front of us has a total of sixteen petals, each of which is engraved with a striking English M, symbolizing Santa Maria.