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“Hidden Gem”

Church of Saint Alexander Nevskiy
Ranked #115 of 259 things to do in Jerusalem
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

From the outside, it appears to be a simple plain building. Something barely noticeable where it not for the fact that it's practically next to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.To forgo a visit to this church really would be like judging a book by it's cover. It's simple exterior belies an interior decorated with wonderful religious art.

There's also a bit of amazing archaeology in the church. Inside the remains of a gate thought to be the gate that Jesus passed through to leave the city to the crucifixion. It's also thought that this church was once connected to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and there's a reconstruction of a set of steps to show how the two churches where once connected. Perhaps there's hope yet for all the Christian churches to become whole again.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

One of the interesting churches to visit the Christian Quarter is the Church of Alexander Nevsky (Alexander Hospice), located just across from the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. The church is open for visitation from 9am to 6pm daily and entry fee is NIS 5 per adult.

This is a Russian Orthodox Church constructed in 1859 which can be conveniently visited in 15-20 minutes time for those with busy sightseeing schedules.

We enjoyed the first room near the entrance where you can see portraits of Russian royal family members as well as other items of interest. There is a second church room which possesses an attractive iconostasis, wall paintings and cased items on display.

Perhaps of greater interest at the Alexander Nevsky Church site are the excavations which you can view. These include the discovered section of a Herodian city wall dating back to the second century as well as a section of a colonnade street and arch structure.

The city wall structure in particular is significant as it gives credibility to belief that the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built upon the grounds that were originally outside the city wall where it also believed Jesus was crucified.

In the end, we enjoyed the archaeological aspects most when thinking about our visit to the Alexander Nevsky Church. However, this was a neat place on both accounts and a place worth visiting if you are making church visits in the Christian Quarter.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

I visited this Russian Orthodox church last year and had to come back this year.
Inside the church there the remains of one of the gates from the Roman era, the time of Jesus. The staff, Nuns are very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank riabinraider
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a Russian Orthodox church located very close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ...this church can be easily overlooked as it looks more like a hotel from the outside than a church.

A large piece of the rock of Calvary can seen inside (it was purchased and brought here).

There is remains of another entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Try to look up the church and read a little before entering as there was limited information in English available.

-Females: Head must be covered...you can borrow a scarf at the entrance.

-Entrance fee: 5NIS/$1.30USD

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Ann C
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

On the South west end of the main marketKhan El Zeit when entering from the Damascus Gate,,also in the end of Via Dolorosa St.Alexander Nevskiy,was an army hero in the 13th Century,his victory in St Perersburg has stoped the spread of German Catholism in East Europe more than thirty Cathedrals in East EUROPE NAMED AFTER Alexander Nevskiy,The compound was bought from the Coptic Church 1859,in building and excavations a Roman Triumph Arch and remains of the Roman Forum of Emperor HADRIAN AS well as remains of a Gate (Golgoltah Gate?) Some of the stones and pillars were used to build the church on top of the 4th Century Church, the remains of the gate are now part of theChurch of Holy Sepalcher.The church was neglected for long time becaude of the ownership conflict between the Moscow based Red Church and the NYC based White Church represented here by an elderly Russian PrincessMargarita Dobrovskaya-RITA, IF YOU HAVE TIME MY SUGGESTION TO VISIT the near by Lutheran Church of the Redemeer ofq1898 wit awhole complete country yard of Crusaders time and small archeological museum

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank airport2015
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