Grotto of the Annunciation

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Grotto of the Annunciation

In the webcam you can see the Grotto of the Annunciation, located on the lower level of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. According to legend, the sacred cave in the online broadcast is the remains of Mary’s house.

The Church of the Annunciation online is the largest Christian temple in the Middle East. It arose at the place where, according to Catholic tradition, the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary took place. The church, where the grotto in the web camera is located, was built in 1969 according to the project of the Italian architect Giovanni Mucci, where the temple of the 4th century stood, built by Queen Elena, the founder of religious buildings in the Holy Land on the sites of the main evangelical events.

On the foundations of the Byzantine period, the crusaders erected their temple – the remains of these structures and mosaics of the 4th century can be seen on the lower floor of the modern church. It also houses the Upper Room of Mary, where the sacrament of the incarnation took place. There are two granite columns in the Upper Room: one in honor of the Archangel Gabriel, the other in honor of Mary. On the second floor of the temple, where the grotto in live camera, there is a large prayer hall with an organ and an altar in the form of a mosaic, which depicts Jesus and Peter and the Mother of God with a crown on her head. Mary and Jesus can be seen on the walls of the hall. The 60-meter dome, similar to a rose, is a stalk turned to heaven, and the petals directed downward form the letter M – Mary.


Nazareth, where the online broadcast is conducted from, is the most Christian and at the same time the most Arab city in Israel and a real religious attraction.

In the Mensa Christi Church, an important Christian shrine is kept – a stone slab, according to the Gospel, which served Jesus as a table for a meal after his resurrection.

By the 2000th anniversary of Christianity, Nazareth, shown in the webcam, was changed almost beyond recognition, especially its historical center: automobile traffic was eliminated, pedestrian streets were made, walking routes for pilgrims and tourists were developed. But the key project was the Nazareth Village, a reconstructed settlement from the 1st century AD. e., representing an open-air museum where you can get acquainted with the ancient life in Nazareth, which was in the era of Jesus Christ.

Nazareth, broadcasted online, is a pilgrimage center, so the sights here are mostly religious.

The most important religious building is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the grotto of which you can see in the web camera.

Another interesting sight of the city in the online camera is Mount Tabor (9 km southeast of Nazareth). It is believed that it was at its top that the Transfiguration of the Lord took place and from here they wanted to throw off the preaching Jesus Christ.

The most famous Catholic church in Nazareth online is the Church of St. Joseph, built during the reign of the Byzantines.

Of the Muslim sights, the White Mosque stands out. It is the oldest of the three operating in the city.

In the vicinity of Nazareth, where this webcam is located, the historical area of ​​Sepphoris with the ruins of the ancient city is worth attention.

In the (Zippori) Sepphoris National Park lie the remains of Roman water tanks, in which, according to biblical tradition, Jesus turned water into wine.


Nazareth, where the live broadcast comes from, is located in the north of Israel, so its territory is dominated by a climate with two seasons – summer and winter. From May to September, in the city is very hot. In winter, December and January, it is quite windy and rainy. Weather forecast in Nazareth for 7 days is available on our website online.

See other webcams from Israel on Baltic Live Cam – the beach of the city of Caesarea,the Western Wall in Jerusalem.