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. Make Church of Saint Anne part of your personalized Jerusalem itinerary using our Jerusalem trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Said to be the birthplace of the Virgin Mary , we were as a group made to sing a church hymn . Acoustics inside were echoing in a beautiful manner. It was a memorable experience and we have it on vide...  more »
  • This is a lovely quiet church with a beautiful garden, a riot of rich colour. Our son thought it was a special place. It also had clean toilets!  more »
  • Our tour group stepped in St Anne’s after visiting the Pool of Bethesda. This is a beautiful church but to hear the singing of a unrehearsed and amateur group sound so amazing. These two sites are wel...  more »
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