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Via Dolorosa at St Stephen's Gate, Jerusalem Israel
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AmazingJerusalem - Old Jerusalem City Virtual Guided Tour
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AmazingJerusalem - Old Jerusalem City Virtual Guided Tour

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On this virtual tour, an officially licensed guide by the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Israel will show you the most amazing sites with great views and footage and comment on each of them.<br><br>During and after the tour there is time for questions.<br><br>Starting times are based on Israel time zone, which is:<br>Amsterdam +1<br>London +2<br>New York +7<br>Los Angeles +10<br><br>If you miss a tour you will receive a voucher for a new tour free of charge.
USD 15.00 per adult
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Kim G wrote a review Nov. 2020
Pacific Grove, California3,135 contributions200 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Betsy G wrote a review Jun. 2020
North Canton, Ohio42 contributions55 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Carol D wrote a review Jun. 2020
Overland Park, Kansas1,612 contributions216 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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FredPurdue wrote a review May 2020
Seattle, Washington2,240 contributions615 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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etbtravelphotography wrote a review Apr. 2020
Denver, Colorado644 contributions191 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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