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“Acoustics are fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church of Saint Anne

Church of Saint Anne
Via Dolorosa at St Stephen's (Lion) Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2628 3285
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Ranked #26 of 237 things to do in Jerusalem
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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.
Stafford, United Kingdom
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“Acoustics are fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I have spent a lifetime in and out of cathedrals and love all kinds of music in such amazing spaces, but I was taken aback by the acoustics of St Anne's which were far beyond expectations. Definitely worth not just visiting but going to visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The church is beautful and the acoustics are amazing. Several groups sang when we were there and it will bring tears to your eyes. It was next to the Pool of Bethesda and was easily accessible. They also had good bathrooms, that were nice after walking around all day.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This site is accessible through the Lion Gate in the Muslim Quarter. If you enter here, notice the carvings on the wall before entering. Like most churches in Israel that are built over holy sites, this church is built over the place where the Virgin Mary is believed to have been born. The small grotto below is open to the public. The church is not as ornate as some but is known for its acoustics and worth a visit. What we found more interesting was the adjacent Pools of Bethesda. Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of what is believed to have been a reservoir and medicinal pools, the place where Christ healed a paralized man. The columns that once supported a Byzantine basilica over the pools remain standing. There are several viewing levels to give one various perspectives. There is also a beautiful garden area next to the church with a statue and benches to relax and enjoy the peacefulness.

Visited October 2012
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“Good beauty & history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This church is actually 2 spots: the Church of St. Anne & the Pool of Bethesda (or Bethsaida). The pool is quite ancient and you can walk down several levels of history. It is the spot where Jesus performed one of his miracles. The Church of St. Anne dates from the middle ages and is know for its natural acoustics. People/groups like to take turns singing in the front of the church. The purity of the sound reverberating off the stone walls is quite unique. It is also the place of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, with a grotto down below. Take time to enjoy.

Visited March 2013
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“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This was on our schedule with our tour group. Very interesting and learned lots of things I did not know.

Visited March 2013
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