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Cathedral of Saint James, Jerusalem

Cathedral of Saint James - Jerusalem, Israel
Cathedral of Saint James
Armenian Patriarchate Road, Jerusalem, Israel 91141Map
+972 2 628 2331
Neighborhood: Old City
Overview

The first chapel here commemorated the early Christian martyr, Menas of Egypt. It was dedicated by Lady Bassa of Rome, who came to the Holy Land in 444 A.D. with the empress Eudokia. The present structure was built by Armenian Christians between 1142 and 1165. In the courtyard, notice the elaborately carved crosses. Inside, don't miss the tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlaid doors to the chapels of St James (brother of Jesus and first bishop of Jerusalem), and the throne of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch. The mid-afternoon vesper service at 3pm is often accompanied by the world-famous Armenian Patriarchate Choir.

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Cathedral of Saint James General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 06:30 AM to 07:30 AM, Monday to Friday from 03:00 PM to 03:40 PM, Saturday from 06:30 AM to 09:30 AM, Sunday from 06:30 AM to 07:30 AM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Bus No. 38 stops at the David Police Station
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