St Anne Church, Jerusalem

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    Where Virgin Mary Was Born (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 12, 2013
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    part two of my St. Anne Church tips with more picture of the crypt below where the Virgin Mary was born.

    Saint Anne was the Mother of the Virgin Mary and this Site along the Old City of Jerusalem, just beside the Bethesda Pools is the Biblical Site of her birth and since the Byzantine Times, a church was erected at the exact spot where She was Born and the Church was Named after her mother Saint Anne. The Church was rebuilt several times on top of the Byzantine and Crusader Church Ruins and is dedicated to Anna and Joachim, who according to tradition lived here, and the site where their daughter, Virgin Mary, was born in a cave which is located under the basilica . The present church was built by france as the land was donated by the Ottomans to the french as a gift for aiding in the Crimean War in the 18th century. It is under the custody of the white fathers, a roman catholic french order. At the top of the Church is an acoustically perfect basilica where pilgrims usually sing gregorian and other catholic chants and below is the crypt where mary was born.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admission is free

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Religious Travel

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    Where Virgin Mary Was Born (1)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 12, 2013
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    Saint Anne was the Mother of the Virgin Mary and this Site along the Old City of Jerusalem, just beside the Bethesda Pools is the Biblical Site of her birth and since the Byzantine Times, a church was erected at the exact spot where She was Born and the Church was Named after her mother Saint Anne. The Church was rebuilt several times on top of the Byzantine and Crusader Church Ruins and is dedicated to Anna and Joachim, who according to tradition lived here, and the site where their daughter, Virgin Mary, was born in a cave which is located under the basilica . The present church was built by france as the land was donated by the Ottomans to the french as a gift for aiding in the Crimean War in the 18th century. It is under the custody of the white fathers, a roman catholic french order. At the top of the Church is an acoustically perfect basilica where pilgrims usually sing gregorian and other catholic chants and below is the crypt where mary was born.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admission is free

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Archeology
    • Religious Travel

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    St Anne's Church

    by antistar Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    "Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
    When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, 'Do you want to get well?'
    'Sir,' the invalid replied, 'I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." - JOHN 5:2-9

    St. Anne's is a Crusader church, and one of the few of these that were not destroyed by the victorious Muslim armies after they reconquered the city. It is a fine example of Crusader architecture. The church itself sits in an area of incredible Biblical significance. In the area around the church is believed to have been the house of the Virgin Mary and the place of her birth, and also the Pool of Bethesda, where the Bible describes Jesus healing of the cripple, as described in the passage above.

    The Pool of Bethesda is located just in front of the church, as an archeological dig that can be walked around. It was discovered during repairs to the church in 1888, and is very impressive.

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    St. Anne's Church

    by jadedmuse Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    (stock photo of inside of church)

    It's easy to blow by this Church because there's nothing ornate or otherwise egregious about it. It was built by Crusaders back in the 12th century and to me, it had that kind of Inquisition feel to it. In the adjacent chapel is a stairway leading down to a site where Jesus is believed to have miraculously healed a lame man...the place is called the Bethesda Pool. What most people don't see, however, is the little old Christian Palestinian woman who is willing to lead you down a narrow rocky stairway to your right, immediately upon entering the building before you actually arrive to the courtyard of St. Anne's. This stairway supposedly leads to the birthplace of St. Anne and is also where both St. Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary, died.

    This little old lady isn't always there to guide you downstairs (there are two levels). For example the first time I visited this place, we climbed down the stairs by ourselves. On our way down, an old man passed us and when he saw how hot and sweaty we were (this was in June), he stopped and gave us a drink of water. It turned out to be "rose water" and it had the faintest, most delicate flavor of rose petals to it...I'd never tasted such a thing. I felt immediately re-energized. He then poured just a tiny bit onto our foreheads and our necks - and instant refresh! He just nodded and proceeded up the stairs while we continued on our way down the stairs, the whole time, I was wondering who he was and what he was doing there. It was really a strange encounter.

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    St Anne's Church is one of the...

    by Wings2Fly Written Aug 26, 2002

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    St Anne's Church is one of the best preserved and finest examples of a church built during the Crusader period.
    A visit to St Anne's Church will also afford you a visit to another spot which is very nearby, the Pools of Bethesda. In 1871, excavations were carried out which uncovered the remains of two large rectangular pools. These are the pools described in John 5:2. Here, Jesus performed on of this miracles, healing a crippled man.

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