Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

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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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  • Spent more time here to get the feel of the church & surroundings. Tough walking as up & down hill most of the time.  more »
  • We walked into this beautiful church as a large group from Nigeria was singing “I Love to Tell the Story”. The acoustics in the church along with the spirit with which they sang made them sound like....  more »
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