Terra Sancta Church

Acre, Israel

The Terra Sancta Church is the name given to one of the two Franciscan-run Roman Catholic churches located in the Old City of Acre in northern Israel, the other one being the Church of St. John the Baptist.

According to historical documents of Acre, since the thirteenth century the Franciscans gave great importance to the city. They believed that the founder of the Order, St. Francis of Assisi, visited the city between 1219 and 1220. In 1217 the first Franciscan monastery, founded by Father Elia Da Cortona was built.

After the 1291 conquest of the city by Muslims, the Franciscans had to leave Acre only to return in 1620. The Terra Sancta Church was established in 1673.

The church is recognizable by the red spire of its Gothic tower, whose colour distinguishes it from other towers and minarets.

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Founded: 1673
Category: Religious sites in Israel

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Holy mass on Saturday at 8.00. Acre visited in 1219 year. Francis of Assisi. An attempt of St. Sultan's conversion Franciszka was immortalized in one of the paintings in the church.
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