Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

#14 of 94 in Historic Sites in Jerusalem
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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  • 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.....  more »
  • 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.  more »
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