And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation. (Revelation 5:9)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 5pm; closed on Sundays
Small charge for climbing the bell tower
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer stands on the northeast corner of Muristan Road, 24 Muristan Road, in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, Jerusalem. There is a fascinating sculpture on the northern gate. It is an original sculpture dating back to the Benedictine period and was once the entrance of St. Mary of the Latins. Signs of the Zodiac and symbols of the months adorn this beautiful door.
The symbol for January is at the bottom left, and a sun (a half figure with a disc above his head) and moon (a female figure with a crescent shape) are at the top in the center, located between the sign for June and the symbol for July. October is represented by a man holding a cask, and August is symbolized by a thresher. These sculptures on the door of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer are much like the ones on the church next door, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is built in the neo-Romanesque style of architecture. The church houses four Lutheran congregations, all of whom speak their own language. The Lutheran communities are: Arabic, German, Danish and English. The cloisters from the 12th century, the two tiers of galleries and a refectory can all be entered on the south side off of Frederick William Street.
The beautiful bell tower sits at the end of 177 steps up. It is the tallest in the near vicinity of Jerusalem. From this vantage point, you can see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion all from the Lutheran Church f the Redeemer.
The Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm commissioned the building of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. The Sultan had giving the Crown Prince the east half of the Muristan in 1869.
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer was built over the Church of St. Mary of the Latins. The Church of St. Mary of the Latins had been built in 1050 and had fallen into disrepair. An earlier church, dating back to the 5th century may also have stood on that site. The old refectory and cloisters, and even the original plan of the mediaeval church, are preserved in the modern church. The architect of this notable site was Conrad Shiek. The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer was consecrated on October 31, 1898. Both Emperor William II and the Empress Augusta Victoria were in attendance, as the first Western leaders to visit Jerusalem.