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Church of Saint Anne

Via Dolorosa at St Stephen's (Lion) Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2628 3285
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Ranked #15 of 181 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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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Speers Point, Australia
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

After a busy morning on the Mount of Olives my wife and I came back into the Old City through the Lion's Gate and found the sanctuary that is the Church of Saint Anne. Pros: Nicely landscaped grounds (including the interesting Pools of Bethesda), nice light and airy church architecture (with a priest who didn't abuse me for leaving my... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The acoustics of this church are fantastic. The history of this site is well presented. Part of a guided pilgrimage of the Holy Land

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vermont
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138 reviews 138 reviews
56 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A peaceful place after the hub bub of the streets in the area. Just take time to enjoy the interior, the history and the the wonderful acoustics.

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Santa Maria, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

in the gardens of the Bethesda Pools you will find this wonderful Byzantine Church that has amazing acoustics for just sitting and listening to people join together to sing hymns and other songs. Loved it!

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Cebu Island, Philippines
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

It is A church built to commemorate the birthplace of Mary and is built over the home of Jesus' maternal grandparents Anne and Joachim. A small choral gives the impression of a big congregation because of its good acoustics. It is the only church in the holy land which did not sustain any damage when the Muslim conquest. It was... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What a lovely peaceful spot within the hustle and bustle of this busy city. We were able to sing in the church and experience it's wonderful acoustics, the echo lasts for 27 seconds, not 26 or 28! As our guide explained.

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USA
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Our group was able to sing in the church. The sound effect was amazing. An excellence place of solitude and worship.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Saint Anne is the mother of Holy Mary. Here, according to legend, she was born. The church on the site is medieval and has a fabulous acoustics. There are the Beth Hesda pools and other archeological exavations. Very, very beautiful and interesting. It is located near the Lions gate and at the beggining of Via Dolorosa.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The acoustics are heavenly. We were fortunate to hear a quartet of gentlemen sing, and then our group sang - and we NEVER sounded that good. The echo at the end of each line goes on for 9-12 seconds and is quite the experience.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you make it to The Bethesda Pools and the adjacent Church of St Anne, sitting in the church for 30 minutes or more to read or simply sit and watch people sing is a must. The church itself is certainly not one of the more impressive churches in terms of architecture or decoration. But you would find it difficult... More

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