Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

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#10 of 81 in Historic Sites in Jerusalem
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Being Sunday there was holy mass and prayer arrangements and it was blessed moment to keep for ever.. The Church is simple near Bethesda Pool close to St. Stephens's Gate just above Mary's Birth Place...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Next to the tanks of Bethesda is this small church built by the Crusaders ... modest and simple both in your path like in finishes but with impressive acoustics. ... If a group does not cease to try singing something appropriate to the site and will realize the remarkable conditions-just imagine what would be the Gregorian chants chanted in such an environment. Well worth visiting
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  • July 30, 2017
    At number 21 of the Derech Sha'ar HaArayot Street, at 100 metres from the door of the Lions, in the Muslim Quarter, and before starting the Via Dolorosa, next to the Church of Santa Ana and independent of this is the cave where some say that Mary was born, although the majority of scholars say that he was born in Nazareth. The place is regenteado by the Greek Orthodox Church. The place is accessed about 70 quite steep steps down. At the midday close, and although it is free to request donations.
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