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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  • Wandering around the Via Dolorosa on our way back from the Mount of Olives we looked for this beautiful church and witnessed what the Lonely Planet guide calls the "Jerusalem syndrome" a distorted men...  more »
  • Beyond the religious content, being dedicated to the mother of the Virgin Mary and to the place of his birth, is a beautiful architectural structure, untouched even by Muslims who venerate Mary. Look at the words in Arabic above the main entrance. In and around other places remembered in the Gospels.
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  • Nice Church located near the pool of Bethesda. Just off the via Dolorosa. Visit the Church before the Stations of the Cross  more »

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