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Church of Saint Anne

Address: Via Dolorosa at St Stephen's (Lion) Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: +972 2628 3285
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Ranked #17 of 184 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in honor of Anne (Hannah), the mother of Mary, this 12th-century church is one of the finest...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in honor of Anne (Hannah), the mother of Mary, this 12th-century church is one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture in Israel.

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Oxnard, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Our group stopped here and we were told that it is one of the best places for chant... so chant we did. Groups before and after us sang in native tongue too. It was great to hear.

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Not as many tour groups here as other places. Much quieter and enjoyable. Supposedly, the home of Mary's parents and the site where she was born. Who knows if it's true, but it's a very old building, a piece of history. Worth a quick look at least.

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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our pilgrim group visited this beautiful Church this morning, the site of the birth of the Virgin Mary. We were greeted by one of the "White Fathers" who invited our group to sing a hymn in this beautiful crusader church. This we very happily did. We then asked if we could say some prayers in the crypt chapel. We were... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is such a beautiful Church!!! This was a stop on a tour that my parents and I took about sixteen years ago, and the acustics in this place is absolutley amazing (if you by chance happen to sing or play an instrument)!

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Jakarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I went to this church with my congregation. This church was believed where Mother Marie was born and it was made by natural stone. My in law who was a church singer, at the time we prayed in the church was singing Ave Maria. One person sang, it was heard as 12 persons singing, because it echoed. I was overwhelmed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

When you come to this place, you can sing in the bottom of the dome. This Church has a very good acoustic for us to sing.Near this place, we can visit Bethesda Pool.

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Singapore
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31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a beautiful and simple church run by a French order. The acoustics are fantastic and pilgrimage groups like ours go there to sing in worship. The church is set next to the pagan pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic man by asking him to just pick up his mat and walk and not to wait to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

When we walked through the church's entrance, was first struck at how friendly and welcoming they were. A priest happened to be walking by and welcomed us cheerfully. In the church building, we were welcomed to sing if we wished, and we were amazed at the beauty of the building's acoustics. A must try! You can imagine believers singing in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

A visit to St. Anne's includes the archaeological remains of the famous Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man (John 5). The simple but beautiful crusader church has excellent acoustics and singing is encouraged (but be mindful of other groups waiting for their turn).

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Blackheath, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Amazing acoustics! Each group took turns singing. Amazing Grace was by far the most popular choice. As we sang I couldn't help but wonder if this was what heaven would sound like!!

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