Cathedral of Saint James, Jerusalem

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Cathedral of Saint James
Սրբոց Յակոբեանց Վանք Հայոց
Inside Saint James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem.jpg
Interior of the cathedral
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
LocationArmenian Quarter, Jerusalem
Geographic coordinates31°46′28″N 35°13′44″E / 31.77444°N 35.22889°E / 31.77444; 35.22889Coordinates: 31°46′28″N 35°13′44″E / 31.77444°N 35.22889°E / 31.77444; 35.22889
TypeDomed basilica
Completed12th century

The Cathedral of Saint James (Armenian: Սրբոց Յակոբեանց Վանք Հայոց, or Saints Jacobs Armenian Cathedral) is a 12th-century Armenian church in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, near the quarter's entry Zion Gate. The cathedral is dedicated to two Christian saints: James, son of Zebedee (James the Greater) (one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus) and James the brother of Jesus (James the Just).[1] It is located near the Church of the Holy Archangels.

It is the principal church of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also known as the Armenian Patriarchate of Sts. James.

In 1162, it was described as complete by John of Würzburg which Nurith Kenaan-Kedar uses to argue that it was built during the reign of Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem.[2]


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  1. ^ "St. James Cathedral". The Jerusalem Post. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
  2. ^ Kenaan-Kedar, Nurith (2015). "DECORATIVE ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE IN CRUSADER JERUSALEM: THE EASTERN, WESTERN, AND ARMENIAN SOURCES OF A LOCAL VISUAL CULTURE". In J. Boas, Adrian (ed.). The Crusader World. London: Routledge. p. 610.


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External links[edit]

  • The website of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem [1]