Off the Beaten Track: The Church of St. Anne

18.11.2011                      21.Cheschwan. 5772

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Off the Beaten Track: The Church of St. Anne

Travel expert Joe Yudin guides you through some of Jerusalem's rich biblical history.

More often than not, while wandering around the Old City of Jerusalem, eavesdropping on some of the tour guides, you can observe that some guides pronounce certain sites and places as being the place where "so and so" did this miracle and "so and so" fought that battle and "so and so" walked here or there. Other guides will state that "tradition holds" that "so and so" did this or that at the specific site. When talking about what happened in the Bible and where it actually happened, faith and belief plays a major part and evidence is hard to come by after thousands of years. One of my favorite tasks as a tour guide is retracing how a particular place became "the site" of a particular historical or religious event. Let's take for instance the Church of St. Anne and its grounds in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City inside Lion's Gate.
Either park your car at the Mamilla mall and walk through Jaffa Gate down the shuk and left walking on the Via Dolorosa backwards, passing Station I and you will get to The Church of St. Anne on your left. Or park on Derech HaOfel if you can find a spot and walk up to Lion's (St. Stephen's) Gate. From Lion's Gate walk less than 100 meters up Derech Shaar HaArayot and turn right through a doorway into the St. Anne's Church compound. In the winter it is open from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the winter time….