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Church of St. James, Jerusalem

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The Cathedral of Sts. James (Սրբոց Յակոբեանց Վանք Հայոց, or Saints Jacobs Armenian Cathedral) is a 12th-century Armenian church in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, near the quarter's entry gate. The cathedral is dedicated to two Christian saints: James the Greater (one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus) and James the Just.It is the principal church of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem also known as the Armenian Patriarchate of Sts. James.Bibliography Armenian Patriarchate: official websiteFurther reading (Pringle, 2007, pp. 168-182)
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  • Despite being open for very little each day should definitely go and see. They deserve so much the interior decorations and it is curious the carpet as entry port.
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  • We had access to the Church at Vespers (15:00-15:30) the function actually lasted 1 hour but it was truly impressive for the songs sung in Armenian since forty officiants many of whom wore the characteristic Triangular Hood black (it is said that the shape remember Mount Ararat). Not to be missed! The environment is pretty dark and photos are done discreetly.
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  • The gold of the furniture, carpets, old lamps hanging from the dome and the many decorations lend atmosphere to this beautiful building, built over the graves of Saint James the Apostle and Saint James. On the entrance door a dark Pall often prevents the light thus making the internal atmosphere, illuminated by lamps, even more enveloping. Inside it feels a reverence. Visited: 11 November 2016
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  • Wonderful place. You have to attend the ceremony, at 3 pm, to visit the church, but that worth it. The monks sings lovely songs 'a capela'
  • Please ignore the racist below! This is an amazing experience, be aware you can only attend certain services & then briefly tour the interior. The colour, vibrance & history makes this a place you shouldn't miss.
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  • The relics of St. James. Opened from. 15.00 to 15.30.
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