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“Notre Dame de Sion.”

Notre Dame de Sion Ecce Homo Convent
Ranked #85 of 304 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandra Hills. Queensland
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Notre Dame de Sion.”
Reviewed 4 November 2011

Very pleasant surrounds and the excavations whow how far above the old city the site is.

Visited October 2011
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Wonderful Views”
Reviewed 11 September 2011

My husband and I are a young couple and we stayed here 2 nights. The rooms are simple and clean with a fan. The best and most stunning part of the Convent is the terraces outside that overlook the city. You have wonderful views on all the different quarters and it was a wonderful place to come in the evenings and sit outside and relax after long days of walking. Breakfast was simple in the morning and it was also very useful that they had water fountains so you could fill up your water bottles for the day, which eliminated the need to buy water from vendors. Also a museum under the convent which is free if you stay there. Very interesting! Overall a great location and very quiet and serene place to stay. We would definitely come back again.

Visited September 2011
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Linz, Austria
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88 reviews
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“my home in jersualem”
Reviewed 11 August 2011

A wonderful place to stay in the old city!

There seem to be two entries of the Ecce Homo Convent in Trip Advisor. One more in English, one more in German. So look up the second one for more reviews about the house.

Also a interesting historical place with old cisterns from romal age from the second temple period in the cellar. And the Lithostrothos the pavement from the roman market where the judgement of Jesus is commemorated.
Come and enjoy the view of the terasses!

Visited September 2010
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Bowie, Maryland
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“Comfortable, Historical and well located.”
Reviewed 29 April 2011

We loved it here, it was peaceful and calm, and everyone was super nice and accommodating. The breakfast was mostly cereal and toast with jam, yogurt and every day, there was a bowl of one fresh fruit selection, like a bowl of apples, or pears. Just one fruit. Once we had boiled eggs, but I think that was either for weekend fare or just that it was Easter Sunday, not sure. Anyway, we always had a filling breakfast before we headed out for the day.

We stayed in the dorm area and then later in a private room. The dorm area isn't what we thought it would be, it was better. There were single rooms with a bed, armoire and night stand and instead of a door, there is a curtain. We thought it would be one bed after another, like military style dorms, it wasn't, it was so much better. It is simple and clean, that is all we needed for our trip, all we cared about was being able to stay in the Old City so we weren't expecting anything spectacular but what we got was so much more than what we were expecting. And it was so convenient too; there was a chapel so we could go to church right where we were staying, there was free internet and also at the registration desk, you could purchase post cards and stamps and mail them from there....very convenient. We had plenty of hot water and the pressure was always good and the price was perfect. We paid $26 pp for the dorm, then we were moved to a private double room and that was $42 pp both prices includes breakfast. Dinner was separate, we never ate dinner there so I don't know what that consisted of but it is priced at $12 pp. The door closes at 11pm but when we were out late, it was on Easter Sat. and the doors stayed opened later, something like 2a.m.? the rest of the nights, we were in before 11pm. I loved it, and will stay here again. Oh, there are no TV's but I can't say I even realized this until mid week. There is so much to see and do, the history this convent has to offer makes it prefect, perfect, perfect. We were also able to wander down stairs to the caves/ruins to see the Lithostrotos and the Roman cistern. In the basilica is where the Ecce Homo Arch is where Pilate presented Jesus after being flogged by the Romans "and they threw lots for my clothes". it is all very moving and wonderful to think you are staying there, where all this happened, it’s just an amazing thing.

There is an elevator, but it depends on where you are staying, if you don't want to have to walk up a flight of stairs, you should let them know, when we were staying in the 300's (dorm) we had to walk down (and later up) two flights of staris from where the elevator was. when we were in the 100's (private room) we had to walk down (and later up) one 1/2 flights of stairs. You can also pay your check when you get there or leave at the registration desk near the kitchen/computer room, in Euros, USD, or NIS and credit card.

We will DEFINATELY stay here again. --Oh, and the beds aren't too hard either, a little, but not too bad.

Visited April 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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“Best pilgrim house in Jerusalem”
Reviewed 16 December 2010

We just came back from a month's trip to the Holy Land. We have stayed at this convent for 7nights.

The positives: it sits on Via Dolorosa and the second station of the cross! This was Pontius Pilate's official residence where he presented Jesus to the crowd "Behold, the man! (Ecce hommo in latin) against Barabas. The exhibits are also incredible (the arches as well the lithostrotos). Conveniently located near Damascus and St Stephen's gate (to venture to the Mt Olives). The upper terrace at both 2nd and 3rd floor are huge and incredible! (we almost saw every sunrise and sunset during our stay-including the BBC crew we've met that was doing some time-lapse imaging at their terrace). The food was excellent and the atmosphere felt like a real pilgrim house and family oriented. No backpacker scene (which is what we want).

The things that could be improved: rooms may need some fresh look but otherwise they're clean. The bathrooms are also on the smaller side. Most convents/pilgrim houses we've stayed in the Holy land are small/tight and slightly outdated so this isn't necessarily different.

Some additional bonuses: the convent has access to a computer.

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