POOL OF BETHESDA
The pools of Bethesda were built about 200 BC in order to supply the Temple with water. It was believed that the waters in these pools had medicinal qualities.
Excavated Pool of Bethesda
It was here that Jesus cured a man who was ill for 38 years.
The remains of five porches from the time of Jesus were excavated. Pilgrims can also see several small caves nearby adapted as baths for thousands of suffering people who travelled to the pools to find a cure for their afflictions during the Roman period.
How to get there
Walk from the Lion’s Gate of the Old City on Al-Mujahideen Rd and look out for the entrance to St Anne’s Church on the right. The pools can be reached by entering the compound where the Greek Catholic Church of St Anne is situated. Mon-Sat 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. Entrance fee payable.