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The Church of the Messiah (Immanuel Church)

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This church is the first Protestant church that was built in Jerusalem, and in fact, the first church that was built within the walls during the 19th century, after hundreds of years during which the Muslim rule prohibited the establishment of churches in Jerusalem and even the ringing of bells.   Jerusalem during the beginning of the 19th century was a neglected and forsaken city at the margins of the Ottoman Empire. Progress finally emerged when the European empires showed interest in the city, and in 1839 the first British consulate was built in Jerusalem. It became the first western consulate in the city. In 1841, the Anglican church and the German Lutheran church founded a joint Protestant diocese, which operated in Jerusalem and established many buildings and institutions until its dismantling in 1886. In 1844, the Anglican Hospital was established, becoming the first hospital in Jerusalem and Israel. The church was built by the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, an Anglican organization that believed in the necessity of the Jews’ return to their land as part of the redemption process, and it was inaugurated in 1849. The interior of the church is designed simply, with Jewish symbols and verses in Hebrew. There is a small bell tower in the church’s courtyard. The church’s bell was the first to ring in Jerusalem since the times of the crusaders. Later on, additional buildings were built in the compound. Today, the compound serves as a hospice, and also houses a heritage center. The church serves various communities for prayer and gathering.
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  • Bose AT
    Bose AT
    October 22, 2018

    Christ Church, Jerusalem, is an Anglican church located inside the Old City of Jerusalem. The building itself is part of a small compound just inside the Jaffa Gate opposite King David's citadel. Consecrated by Bishop Sam...

  • Liviu Gal
    Liviu Gal
    December 12, 2021

    The Messianic jews are a small fascinating community. The complex is well worth a visit, especially the museum and the church. The museum tells the 150 year history of the community along with 3-4 models of the old city i...

  • Twilight_Lupine Silva
    Twilight_Lupine Silva
    July 11, 2023

    Very nice place to stay right in downtown Jerusalem. The staff are very attentive and diligent, especially the chefs. They have a beautiful prayer garden to use, and the courtyard is full of beautiful plants. There are n...

  • Getinet Zewde
    Getinet Zewde
    May 7, 2023

    Hello! Am Getinet, from Addis Ababa Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus.(Ethiopia). It’s actually my first time to Israel as well as to this Church. I can’t express my excitement and joy I had experienced from this Congreg...

  • DK1981
    DK1981
    October 5, 2016

    Spent several nights at the Christian Guest House, located across the courtyard from the church. It was a privilege to be their guest. The ladies at the desk were so accomodating when I found myself unexpectedly without a...

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