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Ein Kerem (literally, "Spring of the Vineyard"; commonly known as Ein Karem) is a picturesque neighborhood nestled in the hills of southwest Jerusalem, Israel. According to Christian tradition, this is the site where John the Baptist was born, hence Ein Kerem's attraction to Christian pilgrims and the proliferation of churches and monasteries.
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Mary visited Ein Karem on the way to Bethlehem during her pregnancy, met her kinswoman Elizabeth, and stayed with her for 3 months following the visitation by the angel Gabriel in which he announced the future birth of Jesus (pbuh) "Elizabeth spoke out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord come to me" (Luke 1:42).
"And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste into a city of Judah, and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth" (luke 1:39-40).
According to tradition, Ein Karem is the "city of Judah" associated with the life of John the Baptist. Here Zacharias, John the Baptist's father, had his summer home, and here the Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Churches, convents and monasteries abound in the picturesque valley. The seventeenth century Church of St. John the Baptist was built over the birthplace of St. John. The first church on the site was built under, the Byzantines and rebuilt by the Crusaders, but later destroyed. It has beautiful paintings and decorated ceramic tiles. Steps lead down to a natural cave, the Grotto of the Birth of St. John. On the lintel is inscribed a verse from the 'Benedictus'; "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed is people". The architect Barluzzi designed the Church of the Visitation on the site of the home of Elizabeth and Zacharias. It was built in 1935 over the remains of former churches, the first from the fourth century. Inside the Church is a fresco depicting the visit of the Virgin Mary and below are the alter and ancient well. In the crypt of the Church there is a rock where, traditionally, the infant John was concealed during the Massacre of the Innocents.
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Ein Kerem (Ein Karem, En Kerem, En Karem, Ain Kerem, Ain Karem)
Ein Karem, so close to the city and yet with such a different atmosphere, is also a great draw for Israeli visitors, whom you�ll find strolling along the lanes with you, exploring the churches, browsing the little shops, savoring a cup of coffee or a meal, and just like you, enjoying a perfect interlude.
One of Israel's well-hidden treasures, Ein Kerem
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Ein Kerem Attractions
Ein Karem Sites
Church of St. John the Baptist
Sanctuary of the Visitation
Marble Statue of Aphrodite from Ein Kerem
Les Soeurs de Notre-Dame de Sion Monastery
St. Vincent-Ein Kerem
Travellers will be interested in visiting also the large number of religious sites (Jewish and Christian) in and around Ein Kerem, the reputed birthplace of John the Baptist.
To get to Ein Karem Take city bus number 17 bus from Jaffo Street or the Central Bus Station.
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