St Mark's Syriac Church
St Mark's Syriac Church
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Syriac Church is an ancient church, tracing its roots to the earliest days of Christianity; it predates Protestant churches by many centuries. St Mark's Church is wonderfully decorated, gaining access is not always easy, it helps if you have a local guide.
Written 12 November 2022
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53dju
Glasgow, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
The Syriac Orthodox church was a nice place to see and have some quality time. They have mass in the evening at 5pm during weekdays which is quite convenient.
They also have a guest house where tourists/pilgrims can stay. Need to email them, they don't have a website but the address is easily found on the net
Written 17 June 2022
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There are advantage of having a Guide who grew up in Old Jerusalem. While we were visiting the old city he took us to a place that a lot of pilgrims may not get to see. A Syrian Church on the site of John Mark (St Mark) mother's home. The place was closed, but our guide was able to get us in for a viewing of the inside of the church. It was interesting that they had a large elaborate decorated curtain covering the altar. One of the priest did open up the curtain so we were able to see the Altar. It is off the beaten path from the more popular pilgrimage sites.
Written 21 June 2020
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Jane K
Daugaard, Denmark34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I loved my trip to Jerusalem, however, this was super special. I didn't get a good look at inside the church as there was a service going but it was lovely.
Written 1 January 2019
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captmom
Seneca, SC428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Hopefully Justine will be there to give you her tour. Said to be the first church as it is built over St. Mark's mother's house. they believe it be the site of the Last Supper. there is an icon painted on leather said to be done by St. Luke (though I read somewhere that is was dated to the Byzantine period.) Beautiful church.
Written 11 February 2018
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India2,726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
The building which witnessed the Last Supper having replaced by the Church, considered to be the first church after Jesus's resurrection .Believed to be the place where Mary stayed with John. Reminisce of the immortal Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper gave us divine experience.
Written 16 August 2017
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AttyVette
Texas1,883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Fascinating church and has a leather icon that you cannot take pictures of in the sanctuary. This church says they have the ( real) upper room which is located below their church (as things are built on top of other structures in Israel). See this site and decide for yourself it what they say is true or not.
Written 26 July 2017
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
A very interesting small church that we found in Jerusalem is that of St. Mark's in the Armenian Quarter. Opening hours 9-1pm and 3-5pm daily.

The present church dates back to the 12th century and was built upon the foundation of an earlier 4th century church. Of important note, 6th century inscriptions found during restorations in the 1940s, indicates this site to have been the location of the House of Mary, mother of St. Mark the Evangelist. It is also believed that the Last Supper took place upon the grounds of this church.

You can visit with the (free) guidance of church staff who will give a quick (English) explanation in the small worship hall. You will see decorative and gilded altar, iconic images and other items including a parchment painting of the Virgin and Child which is believed to have been painted by St. Mark himself.

You are then shown the direction to walk down into the basement, which would have been the location the Upper Room floor of the building which stood here during Christ's time. According to Syriac believes, this is where Christ's Last Supper occured.

While a bit challenging to find this church without the use of a hand map, we did very much enjoy our short visit. The church guide was kind and pleasant and greatly assisted in pointing out the highlights that you want to look for when visiting the Church of St. Mark's. In the end, it was well worth visiting this place.

Note: Photography is allowed throughout the church with the exception of St. Mark's painting. This is strictly off-limits for taking pictures given the age and delicacy of this ancient artwork.
Written 21 May 2017
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RevTim57
Jerusalem, Israel17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
I had read about St. Mark's somewhere so we headed over to see it when in Jerusalem. The place was closed but we were told to come back a few hours later. We did, and walked into a worship service. It was very awe-inspiring to listen to the small group doing their liturgy in Aramaic. We went downstairs into a dark room. We learned the next day that St. Mark's is believed to be the place of the Upper Room, the Last Supper, the place where Jesus met the disciples after the Resurrection, and the place of Pentecost.

When we returned the next day an elderly woman told us some fascinating stories but because we had to catch our tour, we had to cut her short. She did show us the Icon reputedly painted by St. Luke.

Not sure how much of this is true, but it's a much better place to contemplate the Last Supper, and so on, than the tradition site in upper Jerusalem.

Highly recommended.
Written 24 March 2017
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airport2015
Tel Aviv District, Israel972 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
One of the firdst churches in Jerusalem,goes back to 5th Century,as tiny as the Syrian Orthodox Community with few members in Jerusalem some more in b Beth Lehem, Syriac is dialect of Aramic and prayers and holy books are in Aramic,the community heavely suffered during the wars in Turkey,Iran,Iraq and Syria. here is the seat of the Syrian Orthodox leader of St.Marks. The house is recognised as the house of Mary mother of St.Marks the Evangelist,another possible place of the Last Supper Some very interesting books and artifacts
Written 30 August 2016
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