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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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  • An illuminating tour with a real 'mavin' on Christian holy sites that helped to clarify aspects of the new exhibition on Jesus in Israeli Art. But the real treat was St.Anne's Church and the haunting ...  more »
  • The Church of Santa Ana has wonderful acoustics and worth releasing the voice with a song of praise that touches the heart.
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  • We got to hear groups from Korea, Ukraine, and Texas sing different worship songs here. It was lovely! The old church which was built in the pool of Bethesda (outside the church) was neat to see as we...  more »