Church of Saint Anne
Church of Saint Anne
4.5
Architectural BuildingsReligious Sites
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Built in honour of St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, this 12th-century Basilica in Jerusalem is one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.
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John B
Phoenix, AZ110 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
There's no need to visit unless you need to get out of the rain for a while. Helena, Constantine's mother, built this church based on information she was told by locals in the 4th century. The tomb is unlikely the tomb of Jesus. It was outside the city at the time, but it isn't Golgotha/Calvary. Plus, the priest inside was rude. Skip this one unless it's raining, or maybe too hot outside, and you need a break.
Written March 14, 2020
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loist51
Richmond, VA788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a beautiful church made of rock that is what I perceived to be acoustically amazing. We sang Blessed Assurance as a church group, and the acoustics resounded strongly. This church basilica was built in honor of St. Anne, mother of Virginia Mary in 12th Century. We were there during Christmas time (January) in Jerusalem. Their Christmas is later than U.S. Christmas. It was cold inside, perhaps because of all the stone.
Written March 26, 2020
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Cynthia V
Coronado, CA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Both the garden surrounding St. Anne's and the church itself are beautiful. The church may have the best acoustics in Jerusalem. Outside is the Pool of Bethesda, be sure to see it. If you can go around to the back of the church there are beautiful buildings built during the last 4 years or so with mosaic floors that are spectacular.
Written March 22, 2020
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1,476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was one of my favorite places we visited, mostly because we had an opportunity to hear songs from different groups that where there on their pilgrimage as we were here on ours. It was interesting to note that this is French owned. It is considered part of France and the French Flag does fly above. The church is over what is believed to be home of Anne the mother of Mary. It is also has amazing acoustics, which is why we and other groups sang here. So we had a mini concert of singing before we went up to sing. The group before us had one woman singer who I had to believe was a professional singer, her voice was amazing. We went up as a group to sing and I thought we sounded pretty good considering we had no practice. Also hearing different languages singing either familiar hymns was a treat to hear.
Written June 13, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Located in the Muslim Quarter of Old Jerusalem, near the confluence of the Lion's Gate, the start of the Via Dolorosa and across from the rear exit of Temple Mount, sits the lovely Romanesque Church of St. Anne. This beautiful French, Roman Catholic Church built by The Crusaders in 1138, replaced an earlier Byzantine church above the Pools of Bethesda. Built in tribute to St. Anne, mother to the Virgin Mary, a simple shrine commemorating the birth of Mary at this location lays in the cave/crypt below the church, which is said to be the original home to Mary and her parents, Anne & Joachim. With soaring, vaulted ceilings the Church is light and airy, and possesses exceptional acoustics. We had the pleasure of entering while a Christian group was singing "How Great Thou Art", which absolutely moved me to tears. Gardens surrounding the church are tree-shaded, lovely and serene. The healing waters of the Pools of Bethesda and where Jesus Christ healed the paralytic man, are adjacent to the Church of Saint Anne, where the original Byzantine Church was located earlier. This is the oldest remaining Crusader Church in Jerusalem, with an interesting history surrounding it. This felt like a highly sacred area, where we witnessed many groups singing, praying and conducting Bible worship. My adult son and I were deeply, spiritually moved throughout the Church and its grounds.
Written November 23, 2020
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal800 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The small church was built on the place where it is believed that Sainte Anna raised her daughter Mary. To see the cave you must go downstairs (upstairs coming back); the problem is that the stairs are very narrow and quite uneven. Enjoy!
Written March 30, 2020
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Francesca N
Bogota, Colombia59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I visited the church of St. Anne not knowing what to expect. Its Romanesque architecture is interesting, as is the ruins outside the back of the church. But its wonderful acoustics is what really made the visit there worthwhile. Because of the clarity of sound, choirs from all over the world come to sing. They each have the opportunity to sing one song, psalm, chant or whatever. Listening to them was a wonderful, relaxing and ethereal experience which is well worth the visit.
Written January 31, 2023
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Aqusite
California1,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Church itself isn't what I am reviewing. It was crowded and filled with people trying to climb over each other to reach something in the basement. Instead, I am reviewing the grounds that lead to Bethesda behind it, which are beautifully landscaped and extremely peaceful. I sat here for some time after a lot of walking and it was serene and shaded with ancient excavations. Very enjoyable.
Written July 1, 2023
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Emily M
United States1,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Recommending visiting here if open. Our group was barely able to make it inside - check opening hours. Church wasn't as decorated as others, but still beautiful in its simplicity. Gardens on the ground also beautiful.
Written December 31, 2022
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The quality of the visit here depends on timing - check before to make sure the church will be open when you come. It was closed when we arrived, so we only saw the exterior and visited the ruins. That said, they are interesting and a challenge for the picture taker. Due to the flatness and lack of contrast, if you are an amateur photographer visit early or late. Good spot for a zoom lens since you view from above and cannot enter the ruins. Expect post-processing to bring out contrast.
Written May 30, 2020
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