Portico Façade Entrance
Looking down over the city of Nazareth, the truncated conical dome stands out and towers above the other buildings, located on the top of the elegant octagonal base of the Basilica of the Annunciation. The huge, square structure, similar to that of a fortress, is set alongside the Franciscan convent.
The construction was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Muzio and built by the firm Solel Boneh from Tel Aviv thanks to the work of the skilled brick layers and stone cutters of Nazareth.
The work was completed on 23rd March 1969 and inaugurated on the day of the Feast of the Annunciation of the same year.
The basilica is 55 metres high and covers 65 x 27 metres. Its dimensions have earned it the title of being the biggest monument of its kind in the Middle East.