Where to go Guide
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is an endowment of the Evangelical Jerusalem Foundation, one of the three foundations of the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany) in the Holy Land. Built between 1893 and 1898 by the architect Paul Ferdinand Groth, the Church was inaugurated by Emperor Wilhelm the Great of Germany. The Church of the Redeemer currently houses Lutheran congregations that worship in Arabic, German, Danish, and English.
The Church of the Redeemer was built on the site of the medieval church of St. Mary la Latine, which collapsed. Following the collapse a second St. Mary’s Church and a St. John’s Church were built as part of a huge building complex which was called the Muristan, meaning ‘hospital’ in Farsi. During the time of Crusaders, the Order of the Knights of St. John, also known as ‘Hospitallers,’ took care of pilgrims who visited Jerusalem and became ill during their travel.
One of the most recognized features of the Church is the tall bell tower, standing at 40m, which offers beautiful panoramic views of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Moreover, beneath the Church, visitors can see a recently excavated archaeological site that contains a Roman quarry, remains of a market place, and foundations of buildings dating to the Byzantine era. The artifacts found at the site are displayed in a museum located in the complex.