St Mark's Syriac Church Reviews
I loved my trip to Jerusalem, however, this was super special. I didn't get a good look at inside the church as there was a service going but it was lovely. more »
Piccola e suggestiva, è la chiesa principale della comunità siriaca ortodossa di Gerusalemme. Si narra che sia costruita sul luogo dove sorgeva la casa di Maria. Dentro la chiesa c'è un bellissimo dip... more »Small and charming, is the main church of the Syriac Orthodox community of Jerusalem. It is said that it is built on the site where the House of Mary. Inside the church there is a beautiful painting of a Madonna and child that is attributed to Saint Luke. Some scholars argue that this is the place where the last supper took place. The guardian nun who gave explanations in English is a real General, but became an Angel when she sang the "Ave Maria" in Aramaic. Unforgettable.
St. Mark's Church in the old city of Jerusalem is a must see church while discovering Christian heritage in the city. There you will see one of the oldest icons in the area and the upper room according to the orthodox tradition.
A very interesting small church that we found in Jerusalem is that of St. Mark's in the Armenian Quarter. Opening hours 9-1pm and 3-5pm daily. The present church dates back to the 12th century and was built upon the foundation of an earlier 4th century church. Of important note, 6th century inscriptions found during restorations in the 1940s, indicates this site to have been the location of the House of Mary, mother of St. Mark the Evangelist. It is also believed that the Last Supper took place upon the grounds of this church. You can visit with the (free) guidance of church staff who will give a quick (English) explanation in the small worship hall. You will see decorative and gilded altar, iconic images and other items including a parchment painting of the Virgin and Child which is believed to have been painted by St. Mark himself. You are then shown the direction to walk down into the basement, which would have been the location the Upper Room floor of the building which stood here during Christ's time. According to Syriac believes, this is where Christ's Last Supper occured. While a bit challenging to find this church without the use of a hand map, we did very much enjoy our short visit. The church guide was kind and pleasant and greatly assisted in pointing out the highlights that you want to look for when visiting the Church of St. Mark's. In the end, it was well worth visiting this place. Note: Photography is allowed throughout the church with the exception of St. Mark's painting. This is strictly off-limits for taking pictures given the age and delicacy of this ancient artwork.
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