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Bethesda, Jerusalem

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The Pool of Bethesda is a pool in Jerusalem known from the New Testament account of Jesus miraculously healing a paralysed man, from the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John, where it is described as being near the Sheep Gate, surrounded by five covered colonnades or porticoes. It is now associated with the site of a pool in the current Muslim Quarter of the city, near the gate now called the Lions' Gate or St. Stephen's Gate and the Church of St. Anne, that was excavated in the late 19th century.
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  • Be sure to spend 10-20 minutes by the pool when visiting the Church of Saint Anne. Worth walking through and reading the placards. 
    Be sure to spend 10-20 minutes by the pool when visiting the Church of Saint Anne. Worth walking through and reading the placards.  more »
  • During our visit to Israel, we learned that a lot of archaeological sites are unclear, but the Pools of Bethesda is one that's believe to be pretty accurate. It's located at the Church of Saint Anne.....  more
    During our visit to Israel, we learned that a lot of archaeological sites are unclear, but the Pools of Bethesda is one that's believe to be pretty accurate. It's located at the Church of Saint Anne.....  more »
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  • This site was confirmed in the 19th century from archeological excavations as being likely the pool referenced in John's Gospel. This has been a busy site historically with the current church and grounds being built on top of Byzantine and Crusader churches dating from as early as 5th century or so. The site may appear visually confusing because of the various layers of excavation. The descriptions and sign boards help sort that out. The adjacent St Anne's church and Gardens are visually splendid. This site is in the Moslem quarter of the Old City and no admission is charged.
  • You can see the important archaeological site of the Pool of Bethesda amongst the grounds of St. Anne's Church in the Muslim Quarter off El-Ghazali Square in the Old City. I walked around and through the excavation site at Easter last yea. This was a nice time of the year to visit as there were spring flowers in bloom amongst the ruins.

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