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Church of Saint Anne, 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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  • Our tour guide said that the church itself is a memorial brought to Jerusalem. It is believed that Maria and her parents are not from Jerusalem. Without explaining more, you can google the history of ...  more »
  • This Basilica is named in honour of the mother of the Virgin-righteous Anna. At the very bottom there is a cave, which tradition associates with Christmas. Near the ruins of the baths of Bethesda. There is a place where Jesus healed a relaxed. An amazing place. In the Basilica this acoustics! When we approached it, we heard singing beauty and unprecedented sound-singing pilgrims from China, and the voices of them flew away to heaven.
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  • I love it and the pavement in the basement. I'm not a great fan of most churches on the via dolorosa but this one I love  more »