Jerusalem - via dolorosa / Periods: Old Testament, Hellenistic, New Testament, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Crusader.

Church of St. Anne and Pool of Bethesda

We are in Jerusalem, current basins make us assumed, that already in ancient times, water reservoirs were feeders in the valley of Bethesda. It was enough to build a dam so that rain water coming down through the valley forms a natural pond. Later, it was transformed into an artificial reservoir 40×50 m, with a dike of 6 m wide. Water was taken to the temple by a channel open. The texts of Isaiah 7,3 and 2 Kings 18, 17 there would reference. At the end of the 3rd century before J.C. a second tank of 60×50 m is feeding, probably under the high priest Simon. It is south of the dam, so that the northern channel tank must be covered and becomes underground. Between 150 BC. J.C. and 70 AD. J.C., a place of healing develops in the eastern basins. A cistern, baths and caves are created there. This place was filmed for you in 360° by the team of 360HolyPlaces™.

“Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

Bethesda Evangelical site invites to contemplation and prayer. Everyone has challenges with the question of Jesus: “Do you want to get well ?”
To all those that sickness, fatigue or remorse overwhelm that are paralyzed by fears or inner wounds, he repeated: “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”.

(Luke 5:31)
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

The Basilica of St. Anne is renowned for the sobriety of its lines and its particular acoustics. You can sing it, but also to pray in a group or personally, celebrate the Eucharist or meet a priest. The crypt has received for nearly seven centuries the visit of generations of believers who wanted to entrust their intentions to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

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