Church of Saint Anne

Church of Saint Anne, Jerusalem

Church of Saint Anne
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Built in honour of St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, this 12th-century Basilica in Jerusalem is one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Dec. 2019
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.
Written 23 November 2020
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Betsy G
North Canton, OH53 contributions
Feb. 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.
Written 19 June 2020
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1,613 contributions
Feb. 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 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.
Written 13 June 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Feb. 2020
The quality of the visit here depends on timing - check before to make sure the church will be open when you come. It was closed when we arrived, so we only saw the exterior and visited the ruins. That said, they are interesting and a challenge for the picture taker. Due to the flatness and lack of contrast, if you are an amateur photographer visit early or late. Good spot for a zoom lens since you view from above and cannot enter the ruins. Expect post-processing to bring out contrast.
Written 30 May 2020
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO643 contributions
Feb. 2020
This church included alot. There is the church and chapel, old ruins, cisterns, and it is built over Mary's childhood home. You don't have to pay to see Mary's home. Also has bathrooms!
Written 13 April 2020
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal807 contributions
Jan. 2020
The small church was built on the place where it is believed that Sainte Anna raised her daughter Mary. To see the cave you must go downstairs (upstairs coming back); the problem is that the stairs are very narrow and quite uneven. Enjoy!
Written 30 March 2020
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loist51
Richmond, VA809 contributions
Jan. 2020
This is a beautiful church made of rock that is what I perceived to be acoustically amazing. We sang Blessed Assurance as a church group, and the acoustics resounded strongly. This church basilica was built in honor of St. Anne, mother of Virginia Mary in 12th Century. We were there during Christmas time (January) in Jerusalem. Their Christmas is later than U.S. Christmas. It was cold inside, perhaps because of all the stone.
Written 26 March 2020
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Cynthia V
Coronado, CA20 contributions
Mar. 2020
Both the garden surrounding St. Anne's and the church itself are beautiful. The church may have the best acoustics in Jerusalem. Outside is the Pool of Bethesda, be sure to see it. If you can go around to the back of the church there are beautiful buildings built during the last 4 years or so with mosaic floors that are spectacular.
Written 22 March 2020
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John B
Phoenix, AZ107 contributions
Mar. 2020
There's no need to visit unless you need to get out of the rain for a while. Helena, Constantine's mother, built this church based on information she was told by locals in the 4th century. The tomb is unlikely the tomb of Jesus. It was outside the city at the time, but it isn't Golgotha/Calvary. Plus, the priest inside was rude. Skip this one unless it's raining, or maybe too hot outside, and you need a break.
Written 14 March 2020
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Mildred W
5 contributions
Mar. 2020
This is a place to just rejoice in the Lord. The beauty of giving him praise and His love for you Make you want to take time to listen and worship the Holiness of the Lord.
Written 10 March 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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