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Mosaics Church of the Annunciation

Mosaics Church of the Annunciation

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Hanging along the walls in the front courtyard and inside the upper church are national mosaics of Mary that were donated to “The Church of the Annunciation” from almost every country around the world.   There are 43 national mosaics along the south and west walls of the church.

 

Annunciation Mosaics in the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Annunciation Mosaics in the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Annunciation Mosaics
Annunciation Mosaic of Spain
Annunciation Mosaic of Greece
Annunciation Mosaic of Greece

 

What’s so intriguing about this Annunciation display is that each mosaic bears the characteristics of the contributing nation.

For example, the Chinese Mary seems like a Chinese lady, while baby Jesus Columbia looks South American.  It is interesting to see how each nation visualized the annunciation in their own local eyes.

 

Mosaics of Mary, The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Mosaics of Mary outside the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth 
Mosaics of Mary, The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Annunciation Mosaic of Ukraine
Annunciation Mosaic of Ireland
Annunciation Mosaic of Ireland
Mosaics of Mary, The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Mosaics of Mary lined outside the walls, The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
 Mosaic, The Church of Annunciation, Nazadeth
Annunication Mosaic of Japan
Columbia Mary Mosaic,  The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Annunciation Mosaic of Columbia
Annunciation Mosaic of Philippines
Annunciation Mosaic of Philippines
Church-of-Annunciation-Nazareth-Mosaic
Annunciation Mosaic of Croatia 

 

The display of international annunciations sneaks up on the visitors.  Of course, we are all there to see the church.  But, after a few minutes, all the tourists are looking for the ones from their own country.  And everyone admires the ones from each country. It fires the imagination to see how the different peoples of the world envisage Mary in their own image.

Thanks to National Geographic Expeditionsand Meiji Tours for taking us around, and the fun, informative tour.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

4 Comments

  1. Jolanta aka Casual Traveler
    December 14, 2014 at 1:08 am
    Reply

    These mosaics are so beautiful and so different from one another! Thank you for sharing. It comes to show that every nation imagines Mary in their own special way.

    • Carmen
      December 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Jolanta,

      It was quite an experience seeing all the mosaics. We walked around looking at all of them. Each unique in it’s own way.

  2. Chris Hudson
    October 5, 2015 at 6:06 am
    Reply

    Carmen- your pictures of the artwork at the Church of the Annunciation are superb. Please could I use a few of them to illustrate a talk for teachers? I work for a small Christian charity aiming to make Religious education more interesting for schools- and your pictures would serve as excellent visual aids. I would only use them on Powerpoint slides, and not reproduce them in any other way for profit. I would also acknowledge you as a source for the pictures and mention your website.

    • Carmen
      October 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Hi Chris, I would be pleased if you used my pictures for education purposes as long as you acknowledge them as mine, and reference my site.

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