Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

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    John Baharim Church (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013
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    part two of my john the baptist roman catholic church in Ein Karem with pictures of the inside of the church.

    there are actually two John the Baptist Churches in Ein Karem, the other one is greekl orthodox at the other side of the main road and the Roman Catholic John The Baptist Church is calle John Baharim, which is owned by the Royal Family of Spain but under the custody of the Franciscan Religous Order since the middle ages. The Chuch is said to be part of the house of Zecheriah, the father of John the Baptist, and where John the Baptist was born. The structure sits on the remains of previous Byzantine and Crusader Churches. Outside the main hall are various paintings of the BENEDICTUS in 24 different languages. The song is a song of thanksgiving by Zacharias (Zechariah) , the father of John, after his son was born, as per Luke 1 67-79. In the Latin Language, the song is called "Benedictus" (translated to: Blessed) since it starts with "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel..." , as seen above the cave of John inside the church. Inside the Church under the apse, there is a small cave called ‘crypt’ which is believed to be the place where John the Baptist was born. The cave used to be a part of John’s home and belonged to his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    John Baharim Church (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 8, 2013
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    there are actually two John the Baptist Churches in Ein Karem, the other one is greekl orthodox at the other side of the main road and the Roman Catholic John The Baptist Church is calle John Baharim, which is owned by the Royal Family of Spain but under the custody of the Franciscan Religous Order since the middle ages. The Chuch is said to be part of the house of Zecheriah, the father of John the Baptist, and where John the Baptist was born. The structure sits on the remains of previous Byzantine and Crusader Churches. Outside the main hall are various paintings of the BENEDICTUS in 24 different languages. The song is a song of thanksgiving by Zacharias (Zechariah) , the father of John, after his son was born, as per Luke 1 67-79. In the Latin Language, the song is called "Benedictus" (translated to: Blessed) since it starts with "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel..." , as seen above the cave of John inside the church. Inside the Church under the apse, there is a small cave called ‘crypt’ which is believed to be the place where John the Baptist was born. The cave used to be a part of John’s home and belonged to his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    Church of the Visitacion (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013
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    This will be pictures of the lower level of the Visitacion Church, where it holds the cistern and ancient rock where john the baptist parents, zecheriah and elizabeth hid during the Holy innocent massacre perpetrated by Herod and the various international language translations of the Magnificat.

    The Church of The Visitacion is located at the hill in Ein Karem and it sits along the ruins of two byzantine and crusader churches which pinpoints the biblical site where The Virgin Mary sang her song the Magnificat and is also where Zecheriah and Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary and the Parents of John the Baptist, hid under a stone during King Herod's Massacre of the Innocents and drank from a cistern. The church is under the Custody of the Franciscan Order and around the complex are various translations of the magnificat from languages around the world in the walls and at the lower level is a chapel where the ancient cistern and the stone where Zecheriah and Elizabeth hid and drank. at the Upper Level is a large franciscan Church dedicated to the Annunciation where you can have a Roman Catholic Mass (if your group is Roman Catholic) for an offering.

    The Church was designed in1955 by the famed Franciscan Priest and Architect, Antonio Barluzzi, who designed several churches in the Galilee Area.

    The Church is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    The Visitacion Church (1)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013
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    This will be my tips of the Upper Part of the Visitacion Church in Ein Karem, where a large hall where you can celebrate mass is located and also several frescoes honoring the Visitacion of Mary and also remains of the old byzantine and crusader churches where the visitacion church was built,

    The Church of The Visitacion is located at the hill in Ein Karem and it sits along the ruins of two byzantine and crusader churches which pinpoints the biblical site where The Virgin Mary sang her song the Magnificat and is also where Zecheriah and Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary and the Parents of John the Baptist, hid under a stone during King Herod's Massacre of the Innocents and drank from a cistern. The church is under the Custody of the Franciscan Order and around the complex are various translations of the magnificat from languages around the world in the walls and at the lower level is a chapel where the ancient cistern and the stone where Zecheriah and Elizabeth hid and drank. at the Upper Level is a large franciscan Church dedicated to the Annunciation where you can have a Roman Catholic Mass (if your group is Roman Catholic) for an offering.

    The Church was designed in1955 by the famed Franciscan Priest and Architect, Antonio Barluzzi, who designed several churches in the Galilee Area.

    The Church is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    Artsy Suburb and Christian Pilgrimage Site

    by machomikemd Written Oct 5, 2013
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    Ein Karem was formerly a small village at the outskirts of Jerusalem during Biblical Times but the rapidly expanding Jerusalem eventually gobbled the village so that it is now considered a suburb of Jerusalem. The village is Reputed to be the Birthplace of John The Baptist according to The New Testament and this is where the Virgin Mary visited the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth, which were the Parents of John The Baptist and where the Visitacion occured and where John the Baptist was born. there are a few Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches here, often built around ruins of Bzyantine and Crusader Churches. At Present, the village is also a favorite place of local Israeli Artists and Craftsmen.

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    Mary's Well

    by machomikemd Written Oct 5, 2013
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    Along the Road going to the Hillside to the Church of the Visitacion in the Jerusalem suburb of Ein Karem is a small spring well which is also a mosque is the biblical Mary's Spring. Tradition teaches that during her pregnancy of John the Baptist, Elizabeth was visited by a family relative, the Virgin Mary, who was also pregnant, with Jesus. The two women met beside the village well and Mary drank from its cool waters and hence the spring well is called Mary's Well and during the Ottoman rule, a mosque was built in the spring during the Mamluk Times. The well is open for the public and you can wash you face and even drink the fresh water here.

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    Ein Kerem

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    Never quite sure if this is officially part of Jerusalem or whether the artists village of Ein Kerem is a separate place.

    To be found on the western edge of the city, just off the road to Tel Aviv, a few minutes from Sataf and in the shadow of the Hadassah Hospital is this delightful little place.

    Reportedly the birthplace of John the Baptist, it's a christian enclave (with one small mosque built in the centre of the village) with several churches and monasteries to be found on the surrounding slopes.

    Ein Kerem has become something of a mini bohemia with tours of the artists' studios available, the churches open to the public, easy access to many wooded walks in the Jerusalem Hills, the highly regarded Targ Centre which presents regular music recitals and a few good cafes/restaurants. It's become a destination for Israelis, particularly on a Saturday afternoon.

    It's a lovely spot for a few hours, located in the valley below Yad Vashem (the two could be combined) and is approximately 40NIS in a taxi from central Jerusalem.

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    Ein Kerem Neighbourhood, Escape from turmoil

    by WorldMeet2008 Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    Ein Kerem, Gorny Monastery [photo by FruitLover]

    A beautiful tranquil corner of Jerusalem, away from the dust and heat and historic sounds of endless war - a green subuorb with old golden stone houses and plenty of trees. On a hillside with marvellous views, it has cool breezes which are a welcome relief in the heat of the local summer, producing an atmosphere of Tuscany, here in the Middle East. A place where people of all religions and nationalities live happily side by side.

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    Chagall Windows, Haddasah Ein-Kerem [I]

    by FruitLover Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Synagouge's 'Twelve Tribes of Israel' stained glass windows, by Marc Chagall, made Haddasah Ein-Kerem Hospital a touristic attraction.

    "My modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture, to poets and to artists among the neighboring people."
    - Marc Chagall, launching his art, 1962.

    4 pictures X 3 tribes each = 12 total.
    Details and closer look - in the next tip.

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    Ein Kerem: Gorny (Moscovia) Monastery

    by FruitLover Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    As you see, this church has a special roof, a tented/ hipped, typical to Russian churches from the 16th century on. It's very functional for long season snowy regions. (Jerusalem has max 1-2 snowy days a year, in average)

    It's a Russian Orthodox Church, built at the end of 19th century. First Russians came to Ein-Kerem on 1871.

    'Gorny' is the Russian word for 'mountainous', and the name for Ein-Kerem; 'Moscovia' means Moscow in Arabic.

    The main picture was took not from Ein-Kerem, but from the upper main road to Haddasah hospital, south to the neighbourhood . (personal reminiscence: this was the road to the birth of my older son in 8th July, 2nd Millenium).

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    Ein Kerem

    by ophiro Updated Jun 21, 2006

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    Ein Kerem is a beautiful neighborhood in south-west of Jerusalem.
    The place was once an arabic village and during the war of independence the isralis took it back.

    The christians belive that john the baptist was born here and you will find some lovely streets , churches like church of john the baptist , moscovia monastery , sanctuary of the visitation , small stone houses.

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    Ein Kerem

    by jacobzoethout Updated Sep 15, 2005
    Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

    Ein Kerem is a pleasant, quiet neighborhood in Western Jerusalem. In the past it used to be a village, but it has became a part of Jerusalem. The neigborhood is popular among artists, and there are some art galleries.
    Ein Kerem is also the village where John the Baptist was born; in the church of John the Baptist there is a grotto which is believed to be the place of birth of John.
    Ein Kerem is not an easy place to visit by public transport; we took a taxi and hitchhiked back to the centre.

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