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Church of St. Anne

  • Lions Gate, Jerusalem
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Lovely Crusader Church; Venerated Site
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on November 23, 2020

Located in the Muslim Quarter of Old Jerusalem, near the confluence of the Lion's Gate, the start of the Via Dolorosa and across from the rear exit of Temple Mount, sits the lovely Romanesque Church of St. Anne. This beautiful French, Roman Catholic Church built by The Crusaders in 1138, replaced an earlier...

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Located in the Muslim Quarter of Old Jerusalem, near the confluence of the Lion's Gate, the start of the Via Dolorosa and across from the rear exit of Temple Mount, sits the lovely Romanesque Church of St. Anne. This beautiful French, Roman Catholic Church built by The Crusaders in 1138, replaced an earlier Byzantine church above the Pools of Bethesda. Built in tribute to St. Anne, mother to the Virgin Mary, a simple shrine commemorating the birth of Mary at this location lays in the cave/crypt below the church, which is said to be the original home to Mary and her parents, Anne & Joachim. With soaring, vaulted ceilings the Church is light and airy, and possesses exceptional acoustics. We had the pleasure of entering while a Christian group was singing "How Great Thou Art", which absolutely moved me to tears. Gardens surrounding the church are tree-shaded, lovely and serene. The healing waters of the Pools of Bethesda and where Jesus Christ healed the paralytic man, are adjacent to the Church of Saint Anne, where the original Byzantine Church was located earlier. This is the oldest remaining Crusader Church in Jerusalem, with an interesting history surrounding it. This felt like a highly sacred area, where we witnessed many groups singing, praying and conducting Bible worship. My adult son and I were deeply, spiritually moved throughout the Church and its grounds.

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A Stunning Experience
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on June 19, 2020

We were able to sit and listen to the choirs. The acoustics are amazing. Our tour group also sang a couple selections and it will be an experience I will never forget.

A place to make beautiful music
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on June 13, 2020

This was one of my favorite places we visited, mostly because we had an opportunity to hear songs from different groups that where there on their pilgrimage as we were here on ours. It was interesting to note that this is French owned. It is considered part of France and the French Flag...

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This was one of my favorite places we visited, mostly because we had an opportunity to hear songs from different groups that where there on their pilgrimage as we were here on ours. It was interesting to note that this is French owned. It is considered part of France and the French Flag does fly above. The church is over what is believed to be home of Anne the mother of Mary. It is also has amazing acoustics, which is why we and other groups sang here. So we had a mini concert of singing before we went up to sing. The group before us had one woman singer who I had to believe was a professional singer, her voice was amazing. We went up as a group to sing and I thought we sounded pretty good considering we had no practice. Also hearing different languages singing either familiar hymns was a treat to hear.

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