Church of St. James

Church of St. James, Jerusalem

Church of St. James
4.5
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
About
Located inside the Armenian convent compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, this church serves as the quarter’s religious heart and the holiest focal point for Armenians in Israel.
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teddy1014
Brooklyn, NY153 contributions
Very unique church
Jan 2020
Very Unique Armenian church, the architecture seems to be a cross of a Catholic church and an Orthodox church. Definitely a must see as there are very few accessible Armenian churches outside of Armenia.
Written December 1, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Interior Access Hours Are Limited for Visitors
Dec 2019
My son and I accidently stumbled upon the Church of St. James while walking the streets in the more tranquil Armenian Quarter. Unfortunately, the Church was closed when we arrived, but it is said to be one of the most beautiful and ornately decorated churches in the Holy Land. The oldest section of the church was built in 420 AD, and it is claimed that the head of Saint James the Great and the body of the Lesser St. James are buried here. The remainder of the body of Saint James the Great is at the Church at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Try to attend during mass, when the church is open. The exterior courtyard is worthy of a visit, even if you are unable to access the interior of the church.
Written November 30, 2020
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jacques144
Morganville, NJ4 contributions
Church of St. James (also known as St. Jacques)
Feb 2020
For those of us with the name Jacques, it should be noted that the name on the outside is St. Jacques, not St. James.
Written February 19, 2020
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Peter B
Cincinnati, OH235 contributions
Go to the 3pm Vespers service
Oct 2019
Located in the much quieter Armenian Quarter, this truly beautiful church is not a museum. It is an active house of worship. As such, it is closed except for a 3pm Vespers service.

Doors open around 2:45 so you can look around at this gem box and take a few photos. Once the service starts, it should be treated as a place of worship, not a tourist site. If want, or need, to sit, arrive before the start. It will last about 45 minutes.
Written November 9, 2019
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strbillius
Athens, Greece46 contributions
St James cathedral
Jul 2019 • Solo
Very simple exterior. Bear in mind that the cathedral will be closed due to renovation works until the 31st of July.
Written July 21, 2019
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Milt6298
Kissimmee, FL16 contributions
Visit to St. James
Feb 2019
I visited the St. James Church during my one week tour of Jerusalem. The Church is rich with religious artifacts and other things that are expected of people of the Faith. It is quiet in the inside with worshippers moving to and fro. I would recommend This Church as a must-see for visitors and Tourists.
Written April 13, 2019
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Mark H
Winston Salem, NC531 contributions
Beautiful Service at St. James
Mar 2019 • Family
We attended a nighttime service at the Church of St. James (note that sign on the outside of the courtyard reads the French version - Church of St. Jacques), and it was one of the most majestic services I have ever attended.

A splendid service in the Armenian Quarter if you have the time.
Written March 30, 2019
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France564 contributions
Very spiritual and different
Mar 2019 • Couples
You can only visit certain days and between 15:00 and 15:30, for free. The mass is beautiful, with chanting in Armenian and in general a very spiritual and "back-in-time" feeling. An interesting glimpse in the only occupant of Jerusalem that has never gotten into trouble with anybody else!
Written March 22, 2019
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Becky S
Kalispell, MT44 contributions
Spiritual sanctuary
Mar 2019 • Couples
The brothers worship with powerful music which stirs the soul. The building is designed to praise God with images from the Bible. A time to be still and know God.
Written March 5, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Jewel of the Armenian Quarter
Jan 2019 • Couples
The church is beautiful. There are no lights inside just candles. What you can see it is first class decorations. Take care - you can get in only twice a day for a half an hour. CHeck the time before you go.
Written February 10, 2019
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Church of St. James is open:
  • Sun - Fri 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
  • Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Sat - Sat 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM


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