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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  • With that much history and architecture in Jerusalem, there is so difficult to set our travel priorities. This Church is a must see because of its age and architecture.  more »
  • St. Annes Church (1138) is a fine example of crusader architecture. In the gardens can be seen the ruins of a Roman era pagan shrine. Accessed from the rear of the Church compound is the Bethesda Pool...  more »
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