More than 5,000 years old, Jerusalem is an epicenter of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The city is rich with holy sites, including the biblical locations of Bethlehem, Nazareth, and the Sea of Galilee. To make the most of your visit, see below for some of Jerusalem’s most sacred destinations.
Church of St. Anne
Church of St Anne, Jerusalem, Israel
The Church of St. Anne and its tranquil courtyard are a popular stop on many tours of Jerusalem, offering visitors a reprieve from the bustling streets of the adjacent Muslim Quarter. The site is especially integral to Christianity-focused tours which visit the Virgin Mary’s birthplace alongside the Bethesda Pools where Jesus is said to have performed healings.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Church of St. Anne is an essential stop on any Christian pilgrimage.
- The building’s unique acoustics make singing a popular activity on tours.
- Wear respectful clothing (covered from shoulder to knee) when visiting the church.
- While singing is welcome, speaking in the church is discouraged.
How to Get There
The Church of St. Anne is located north of the Temple Mount just inside the St. Stephen’s Gate (also known as the Lions’ Gate) entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. You can avoid navigating the Old City’s hectic streets on your own by visiting the church on a guided walking tour.
When to Get There
The church is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm and closed on Sundays. Visit in the morning to join the Catholic masses held in the church or hear the church’s choir. If you do not arrive to hear the chorus of the official choir, you are likely to hear the singing of other visitors.
The Architecture and Acoustics of the Church of St. Anne
Built around 450, the Church of St. Anne is a magnificently preserved example of Crusader architecture. The asymmetrical fortress-like style of the building sets it apart from its surroundings and also creates its renown acoustics. Whether listening to your own voice along with your fellow visitors or the local choir, the church has a unique knack for transforming voices.
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