This church is one of the Holiest Christian sites. Many nations have contributed a mosaic painting on the annunciation subject, with their local characteristics.
This page displays the mosaic paintings in the Basilica of Annunciation. They are hanging on the wall around the front courtyard and inside the upper Church.
What is interesting in 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 from Columbia looks South American. It is interesting to see how each nation visualized the annunciation in their own local eyes.
Visitors to the church always look for their own local mosaic and send back home a photo of themselves standing before the art work. In this page you can see the whole collection.
(a) The Mosaics in the West & South Courtyard
This page presents the 43 national mosaics which are located along the south and west walls around the Church’s court yard.
The South and Western wall, where the national mosaic paintings are on display, is seen in the following picture. The paintings are hang along the walls, as seen below.
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The photos are listed in their actual order of display, from north to south:
(b) The Mosaics inside the Upper Church
These paintings, which are much bigger in size, are displayed on the south and north walls inside the upper church.
The north wall is shown below:
The national paintings include the following countries (ordered from south-west to south-east, north-east to north-west): South: Spain, Portugal, USA, Poland, Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, Cameron,
North: UK, Argentine, Lebanon, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Canada, France.
(c) Other National gifts
Other national gifts with Mary and baby Jesus are on display in the Upper Church:
Another painting is in the courtyard, and is a gift of the Guides and Scouts:
- For more info on the Basilica of Annunciation, click here.
- For info on mosaics in other sites, check our info page.
* Icons of Mary – based on our photos; was displayed on large posters on the One World One Mother procession in New York City (2012) – arranged by Mario Bruschi
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This page was last updated on May 5, 2014