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“A peaceful haven in the city.”

Saint George's Cathedral
Ranked #151 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: This 100-year-old structure serves as the cathedral church of the Anglican Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, home to both Arabic and English speaking congregations.
Winchester, United Kingdom
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“A peaceful haven in the city.”
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

I have been visiting St. George's for over 20 years, and always worship there when in Jerusalem. It is a beautiful Cathedral Church and always a joy to join any of the daily services that are held there, in the company of fellow Anglican pilgrims from all over the Anglican Communion. Stay in the lovely St. George's Guesthouse if you can. Comfortable rooms and welcoming service around a beautiful courtyard. This is really a 'home from home' and a place to mingle both with the local Christian community and with pilgrims from all over the Anglican Communion.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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261 reviews
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“A touch of Europe in Jerusalem”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

This lovely complex and cathedral was a real surprise to find in Jerusalem.

Besides being a small, but beautiful cathedral that has what I suspect the largest church organ in Israel, this church has some very historic surprises inside - the best being the British Seal that use to be on top of the Government house in Jerusalem during the British Mandate. It was removed when the British left in 1948 and has remained at St. George ever since. There are also memorial plaques dating back to the British Mandate.

There are no church pews, but on each chair is a hand embroidered pillow to use instead. The cushions are made and donated from congregations around the world, so it's fun to recognize where each cushion is from and the creativity in embroidering something to represent that church/congregation/city/country.

Try to attend a mass or concert to hear the organ played by a most amazing organist - Inna Dudakova. There are masses both in English and Arabic. Check out the Arabic Hymn book. You will be surprised to see that the music is written from right to left!

The grounds are lovely as is the small patio where you can get sip drinks in the garden.

Visited November 2012
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Jerusalem
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“"Little Oxfored" in Jerusalem”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The St. George complex on Nablus road in East Jerusalem is one of the loveliest spots outside the Old City walls. The complex includes the St. George Cathedral (Anglican), a guest house and restaurant and the St. George College. The Cathedral is simple and beautiful. The guest house is very clean and the staff extremely hospitable. I took a group of friends for a pre-arranged lunch which was both inexpensive (20 $ per person) and very tasty. The garden is lovely and in the lobby there is free internet. It is also possible to visit the Benshoof Cistern Museum which is located under the complex. St. George is our "Little Oxford" here in Jerusalem, built in the same style as some of the Oxford colleges, well kept and very friendly. Highly recommended.
If you end up staying at St. George, I recommend a 2-3 hour walk down Nablus Rd, and Sallah A Din Street, to visit several unique attractions: the Balian Armenian Pottery workshop just down the road, the cathedral and archeological excavations in St. Etienne (St. Steven's Basilica, Website: www.ebaf.edu) on Nablus Rd. No. 6, the Garden Tomb (www.gardentomb.org) and St. Paulus Guest House (http://www.heilig-land-verein.de/engl/html/paulushaus.html). This area of Est Jerusalem is not as well travelled as the Old City, but is full of surprisingly beautiful sites which are well worth visiting.

Visited November 2012
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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“A wonderful tranquil place”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I visited St. George's back in august '12 to attend to Evensong. Just to find that there wasn't anyone there, except for some other faithful souls - with whom we prayed Evensong anyway. St. George is one of the few places of Anglican (British, even probably) heritage in Jerusalem where the real sense of Anglicanism can be experienced. Wonderful, inspiring place.

Visited August 2012
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Montreal
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“friendly people!”
Reviewed December 19, 2010

It's a beautiful cathedral. Maybe they don't have a lot of visitors, I don't know. Everyone was EXTREMELY welcoming and I even ended up singing with the organist. If you're in the area, it's worth the stop.

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