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New Custody Website Launched Dedicated to Nazareth Basilica


 Terrasanta.net |  August 12, 2013

The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the Basilica of the Annunciation of Nazareth. Published in four languages (Italian, English, French and Spanish), it presents up-to-date and in-depth information, divided into various sections.


(Jerusalem) - The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the Basilica of the Annunciation of Nazareth.

Published in four languages (Italian, English, French and Spanish), it presents up-to-date and in-depth information, divided into various sections.

The website marks the latest addition to a project aimed at renewing the websites of key Holy Land shrines and follows the completion of four others: the Holy Sepulchre, Capernaum, Bethlehem and Gethsemane.

The Custody says the new online resource aims to “accompany visitors throughout their discovery of the Holy Land where it all began, thanks to Mary’s “yes” and the tender welcoming of her husband Joseph.”

The “History” section offers visitors a comprehensive account of the story of Nazareth, recalling how for centuries the town has resided in the hearts of pilgrims and travellers as “the flower of Galilee”, and as custodian of the memory of the dialogue between the archangel Gabriel and Mary.

It also covers the ancient Nazareth period, the Byzantine era, the Crusader period, the time of the Mamluks, the Ottoman age and finally the last century. A “Spirituality” section offers full explanations of the biblical accounts that took place there.

Visitors can also travel to the shrine “virtually”, and view the basilica from all angles, outside and inside, thanks to a 360 degree, hi-definition camera.

An “Information” section includes details of Mass and opening times for the basilica and St. Joseph’s Church, as well as opening times for the Archaeological Museum. 

Using the buttons on the homepage, it is possible to access the “Virtual Tour” of the Holy Land and the Nazareth Pilgrim Office site, which also offer much information.

If you wish to reach the English version of the website please click here.

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