St. Anne's Church, Jerusalem

St. Anne's Church, Jerusalem (must see)

St. Anne’s Church sits next to the Bethesda Pool by the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem. As with most structures in the city, the history of the location is fascinating. St. Anne’s is a great example of a 12th-century Crusader house of worship. Although there have been several different uses of the property over the centuries, most of the original building is still there. Restoration was done in the 19th century and the structure itself retained its rather severe appearance.

The Church was built in 1131-1133 over the presumed site where Mary’s mother Anne gave birth to her. St. Anne’s replaced a destroyed Byzantine worship center over the same site. One of the interesting facts about this place is its asymmetry. As you visit, be sure to notice the asymmetrical style, count the steps on one side and compare them to the other side.

Another fact about St. Anne’s is the incredible acoustics of the building. It was built to accommodate Gregorian chants. Today anyone can come and sing here, the only stipulation is the song must be religious. Music from any religion is welcomed. The reverberations are just perfect for tenor or soprano solo voices.

St. Anne’s Church is almost at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa, so if you are planning on taking that walk, come early enough to enjoy this place.

Why You Should Visit:
This church is impressive for various reasons: Firstly, there is its position at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa and on a level higher than the street level. Secondly, its architecture is very attractive because of its simple beauty. The church was rebuilt by crusaders in the 12th c. and its history before and after is highly interesting. Thirdly, the garden around it is extremely beautiful. Fourthly, the excavations of the Pools of Bethesda may induce you to stay much longer than planned.

Tip:
The acoustics for singing as an individual or a group are perfect. Make sure you hold the last note and let the room sustain it for you. The reverb is measured in seconds.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-12pm / 2-5pm

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Sight Name: St. Anne's Church
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Buildings of Jerusalem Walking Tour   Old City Orientation Walk  

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