The Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem
Promptly at 9 o’clock, the church bells begin to ring, and the melodious tones can be heard across the entire Old City of Jerusalem. It’s the Church of the Redeemer calling its congregants to prayer. The second largest Protestant church in Jerusalem, the Church of the Redeemer rests in the Old City of Jerusalem and stands as a monument for religious and cultural tolerance. It houses visitors from all over the world, as global Christian travelers make a point of visiting the site on their trips to Israel.
History of the Church
The church was built sometime between 1893 and 1898 as part of the Evangelical Church of Germany’s advancements to create a presence here in Israel. It was built on the same site as the former Church of St. Mary Minor and was personally dedicated by Kaiser Wilhelm II on Reformation Day in 1898.
The Church of the Redeemer in Modern Times
Today, the Church of the Redeemer is home to Lutherans worshiping in a variety of languages including English, German, Arabic, and Danish. The 9 o’clock time slot is reserved for the Arabic and English services, which are held simultaneously. Another two follow at 10:30. In addition to daily services, the Church of the Redeemer houses the headquarters for the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
There is also a beautiful garden that runs alongside the church where people go to enjoy the lush greenery and colorful bouquet of flowers. Within the garden stands a monument to the crusaders of the Order of the Knights of St. John.
For history buffs, the archeological park that was built just below the Church of the Redeemer is a fascinating destination. Historians can walk you through nearly 2,000 years of Israeli history as you stroll along the excavation site that is divided into different historical periods. The rest of the vicarage is presently a museum that is maintained as a real-life exhibit of the city’s historical path.