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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 #14 of 179 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
48 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The experience of listening/singing in this acoustical wonder is beyond description. Our group had an incredible time at the Church of Saint Anne. The singing brought tears to our eyes, as the stone vaulting is perfectly balanced in providing beautiful sound! I hope this is what heaven sounds like!!! Beside the pools of Bethesda, this church is a welcome respite... More

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Houston, Texas
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10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Church of Saint Anne is an oasis in the chaotic world of the old city. A great time for prayer and reflection. The acoustics of the building are amazing. Group after group kept singing songs that were just wonderful to hear in this building.

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Phoenix
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This quiet little church is located in the muslim quarter near the start of the Via Dolorosa and the Lions Gate. A great starting point for the way of the cross, while it isn't itself a station it is still worth visiting. Also purported to be built over the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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koloa, ha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

After a day of touring the dark, crowded, and overly embellished decor of all the other churches in Jerusalem, st Ann's was like the refreshing breeze that comes through its front doors, reminiscent of the healing pools it once towered over. White and classic and simple with the most amazing acoustics when people sing, I was blown away by this... More

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Tyler, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Ok, so comparisons aren't usually a good thing when doing a review. However, after being at the very Church of the Holy Sepulchre and nearly being run down by well meaning "pilgrims" wanting to touch every thing, we left and went down a narrow street just to the north and landed in the Church of St. Anne. Beautiful. Peaceful. Clean.... More

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Tiel, The Netherlands
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

It is a very simple but beautiful place, surrounded by a little garden full of blossoms. The mother of Maria, named Anna, is quite as beautiful as her daughter. My names by birth are Anna Maria and I now realize how thankful I am to bear these names.

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