[Cross Posted from Sixteen Small Stones]
In September and October of 2010, I had the opportunity to visit Israel with my wife and children. I am preparing a series of posts detailing our adventures. Since they are not yet ready, for Christmas I wanted to post a few pictures from our visits to the Nazareth and Bethlehem.
We visited the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The basilica is where the Roman Catholic church believes that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. It was built in 1969 on the site of older Crusader era and even older Byzantine churches, the ruins of which are still visible, where originally a shrine had been erected in the 4th century in the cave where Mary had supposedly lived. The basilica features depictions of Mary from many different cultures and nations that celebrate the mother of the Son of God. Continue reading