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A Brief History of the Diocese of Jerusalem

A Brief History of the Diocese

1841 The Jerusalem Bishopric was founded to establish an Anglican presence in the city

1845 The first Anglican Church in Jerusalem (Christ Church, Jaffa Gate) was dedicated

1891 Building work started on the Cathedral during the episcopacy of the fourth Bishop, George Blyth 

1898 The Cathedral was consecrated by the Bishop of Salisbury

1923 The Pilgrim Guesthouse was established

1957 It became an Archbishopric in 1957, although no Province was created at that time

1976 The Archbishopric came to an end and a Province was constituted, to be known as the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. At that time the Bishop in Jerusalem was also given oversight of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria which continues today.