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Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

(4.7/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Many choirs like to singing there and it does really provide perfect natural sound effects inside. Not a big church but lovely indeed. 
  • This is a church like no other in Jerusalem - it is large, but not ornate - It is named after the Virgin Mary's mother - The the really calling is its acoustic - If you are going with a church group, ...  more »
  • It may sound harsh but walking into this church I was surprised to see its lack of decor. Of course it's Hugh and old but so plain. Just outside the hunch is the ruins of the pool of Bethsaida. Very i...  more »