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“The first Apostle to be murdered”

Church of St. James
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Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Ranked #91 of 308 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Located inside the Armenian convent compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, this church serves as the quarter’s religious heart and the holiest focal point for Armenians in Israel.
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“The first Apostle to be murdered”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

My wife and I visited Jerusalem in May 2014. The Church of Saint James is nestled within a walled compound in the ancient Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Church of Saint James is dedicated to two martyred saints of that name. Saint James the great, one of the first apostles to follow Jesus, and Saint James the less, believed to be a close relative of Jesus, who later became the first Bishop of Jerusalem. Saint James the great was beheaded by Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, around 44 AD. Saint James the less was killed by temple authorities about 20 years later by being thrown from the temple platform, then stoned and clubbed to death. According to Armenian tradition, within the church are buried the head of Saint James the great (the rest of his body is believed to be in the Spanish pilgrimage shrine of Santiage de la Compostela) and the body of Saint James the less.

Visited May 2014
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

if you are one of of those people that say "oh its just another church" then you wont appreciate places like this... every church has its own beauty and the detail here is just beautiful!

Visited November 2013
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“Amazing spiritual experience”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

Dark church adorned by frescoes and hundreds of chandeliers. the male choir sang beautifully during prayer time, the only light came from the singers holding a candle.

Visited December 2013
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“Mistical Place”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

When me and my girlfriend went to Jerusalem, the Armenian querter was one of the must visit place in our tour. It's open only fron 15:00 to 15:30 each day exept Sunday. I have been to a lot of churches in my life, and this is one of the most beautiful but simple places.

Visited December 2013
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“The most amazing place in Jerusalem”
Reviewed 18 December 2011

If you want 30 minutes of peace and quiet, you'll find it hear between 3 and 3:30 every day (I think) but please please please don't bring your cellphone, camera or come and chat! Just come in, sit down and enjoy the amazing ceremony, and come out spiritually renewed (and this is from an atheist!)

Visited December 2011
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