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Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

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#12 of 79 in Historic Sites in Jerusalem
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The best-preserved church in Jerusalem, Church of Saint Anne represents a fine example of Romanesque stonemasonry. Built over a presumed dwelling place of Jesus' grandparents and the birthplace of the Virgin Mary, as well as the site of an ancient Byzantine church, this Roman Catholic crusader church dates from 1131-1138. Take in the minimalist design and splendid broken arches, and--if your timing is right--listen to the chanting amplified by the superb acoustics. Turned into a Muslim seminary in 1192 by Saladin, the Ottomans donated the church to the French in 1856. It lies at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa, and offers a unique insight into Christian history and heritage. Arrange to visit Church of Saint Anne and other attractions in Jerusalem using our Jerusalem tourist route planner.
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Although it lacks a big selection of mid-range options, Jerusalem provides plenty of choices in the top-end hotel category. The Old City contains the bulk of Jerusalem's small hotels, inexpensive hostels, and religious hospices, all of which appeal to budget-conscious travelers. West Jerusalem offers additional options in the form of guesthouses and bigger hotels, some of which boast five-star ratings. If you just need a bed, consider a youth hostel, where you can choose between private and common rooms with Wi-Fi included.
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  • The acoustics in this building is breath taking and is a must on a visit to the Old City. Sing in different voices, a few octaves apart and listen.  more »
  • Come to pray, to think, to rest, and to sing. The acoustics here are excellent and rare. We sang "How Great Thou Art" with 60 students. The acoustic sustain is all the accompaniment required. Ancient ...  more »
  • This small church was built were it is believed that Maria , mother of Jesus was born . Named after Ann , the mother of Maria . Nice gardens . Part of the Via Dolorosa, near the lions gate  more »