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    The Visitation Church

    by Bregman Updated May 22, 2005

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    Visitation Church

    A beautiful church located on a hill overlooking Ein Kerem. This was Elisabeth and Zacharias summer home. They were the parents of John the Baptist. Mary, Elisabeth's cousin came to visit her here, whence the church name. They were both pregnant at the time, as can be seen in a little statue right in the entrance. Upon seeing her cousin, Mary started to sing the text which is now written on the wall next to the entrance in dozens of languages.

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    Mon-Sat 8:00-11:45 14:30-17:00 (Apr-Sep until 18:00)

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    The Russian church

    by ophiro Written Sep 22, 2007

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    The Russian church is a beatiful church with the onion shaped domes.

    The name of the church , Moskovia , was from the local arab that called it that way because of the look of the church (like other russian churches).

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    Ein Kerem: Mary's Spring

    by iblatt Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Ein Kerem's place in Christian tradition stems from Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth when both of them were pregnant, Mary with Jesus and Elizabeth with John (the Baptist-to-be).

    According to tradition, Mary drank water from the village spring. The spring is still there, and is still giving water, although nowadays it is polluted. A hidden water conduit from the 2nd temple period (the times of Mary and Jesus) is connected to the spring.
    The Moslems built a praying house with a minaret above the spring in the 19th century.

    It's easy to imagine Mary's spring as the center of village life in ancient times. When we last visited the spring there was activity all around; a group of pilgrims was listening to their guide's explanation; a bearded young man with was rinsing himself with the spring water; another young visitor was singing and accompanying herself by accordion. This is the focal point of Ein Kerem.

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    Mary's Spring

    by Bregman Written May 22, 2005

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    Mary's Spring

    Right before going up the hill to visit her cousin Elisabeth, Mary stopped to have a drink of water in this spring. While the water was probably OK 2000 years ago, you shouldn't try to drink it nowadays...

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    Church of Saint John the Baptist

    by Bregman Updated May 22, 2005

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    John the Baptist Birthplace

    This church was built on top of a little cave in which, according to tradition, John the Baptist was born.

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    Mon-Fri 8:00-12:00 14:30-17:00 (Apr-Sep closes at 18:30)

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    St John in the mountains

    by ophiro Updated Jan 4, 2008

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    St John in the mountains (or St .John Ba Ha'rim) is a beautiful 19th century Catholic church that was built on the remains of crusader and Byzantine churches.

    According to the legend John the baptist , the person who recognized Jesus as the Messiah , was born in this Church , in the nearby cave.

    Outside the church you can see some boards (i think 21) with the prayer that john's father prayed after his son was born.

    The entrance to the church is free and it is open every day between 8:00-12:00 and 14:30-18:00.

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    Notre-Dame de Sion Monastery

    by ophiro Written Sep 22, 2007

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    The Notre-Dame de Sion Monastery was an orphanage house that was built by two French brothers - Theodore and Alfonse Retisbon.
    The two brothers were convert from Judaism to Christianity.
    Inside you will see a church , monastery , cemetary (where on of the brothers is buried).

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    The other John the Baptist church

    by ophiro Written Sep 22, 2007

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    outside the church

    The are 2 St .John the baptist churches in the village.
    The other one , the Catholic , is the famous one but there is also the Greek Orthodox church.

    When we came the church (that was built on 1894) was close and as far as i heard it is close most of the time.

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    Ein Kerem: Church of the Visitation: Lower Church

    by iblatt Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    Church of the Visitation, Ein Kerem (lower church)
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    Why pay a visit to the Church of Visitation? There are many reasons: the location and the great views; the church itself and its decorations; the beautiful garden; and the story behind it.

    The story is told by Luke in the New Testament: Childless Elizabeth was living in the village of Beit-Kerem with her husband Zachary, a priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. An angel appeared before Zachary and announced to him that his wife would give birth to a son, but Zachary refused to believe and got his proper punishment: He became mute. But Elizabeth did conceive, and at about the same time her relation in the Galilee had an even more miraculous conception: Mary of Nazareth. The pregnant Mary came to visit pregnant Elizabeth in Ein Kerem, and during the visit Elizabeth started to feel her baby dance in her womb (guess why!). The excited Elizabeth blessed Mary, and Mary replied with a chant: the Magnificat!
    The story has a happy end: Elizabeth gave birth to baby John, later to become St. John the Baptist; and when Zachary first pronounced his son's name, John, the curse was lifted and he could once again talk!

    In the year 324 AD Helen, mother of the Byzantine emperor Constantin, visited the Land of Israel. and built the first church on the location of Elizabeth's house. This chirch was destroyed by the Persians in 614 AD, but the crusaders built another church in this location in the early 1100s.

    Today when you visit the church you can see on a wall in the churchyard the Magnificat written on ceramic tiles in 50 different languages!

    A modern statue near the entrance to the churchyard shows the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth.

    There is an impressive mosaic above the entrance, depicting Mary on her donkey on the way to visit Elizabeth; inside there is the presumed hiding place where Elizabeth hid her son John from Herod's soldiers.

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    Ein Kerem: Church of the Visitation: Upper Church

    by iblatt Written Aug 18, 2010

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    Visitation Church: Upper church, Zachary's statue
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    From the lower Church of Visitation There are steps leading to a beautiful, serene garden (when there aren''t too many tourists around!). There is a fine view towards the center of Ein Kerem (St John the Baptist's church) and the surrounding forested hills.

    In one corner of the garden there is a tall statue of Zachary, who looks more like a Viking than like a Jew in the Roman period. Then you reach the Upper Church, a beautiful stone building completed in 1954.
    The interior is remarkable for its frescoes, painted in the 1940s. The Italian painter Cesare Vagarini started working on them in 1941, but soon afterwards was deported by the British Mandate authorities as a citizen of a hostile country (Italy).
    He returned in 1949, when Ein Kerem was already part of the State of Israel, and was then assisted by an Israeli artist (Mordechai Ardon), until orders came from the Vatican to stop employing a Jewish artist in this project.

    The central fresco shows St. Francis handing the Church of visitation to the Virgin Mary. Other frescoes depict the marriage at Canna and images of famous women from the Old and New Testament.

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    Ha'maayan St and the well

    by ophiro Updated Jan 4, 2008

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    The well called Mary's well is located on the middle of the village on Ha'maayan Street.

    This is where John's mother met her cousine Mary (Jesus' mother).

    You will see a mouslim minaret because it was a mouslim village once.

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    Mary's Well

    by machomikemd Written Sep 25, 2013

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    Along the Road going to the Hillside to the Church of the Visitacion 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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    Church of the Visitacion

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 25, 2013

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    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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    walk around the centre

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 4, 2012
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    En Kerem is a suburb on the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem - it is an area with more trees, more open spaces, a few churches to visit and where Mary stopped. We stayed here as a VT group and it was like a lovely oasis to come back after the stone and rather dry city of Jerusalem....

    We visited a church here on the higher side of En Kerem - on the other side of the main road through En Kerem than Marys Spring etc - which was interesting and had views over the houses lower down - my photos have been lost of that visit and will have to look up what the significance was of it again!

    There is one ATM - that didnt work - maybe 3 years later it does!

    Local buses go into the centre and main bus station of Jerusalem.

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    Church of the Visitacion: Zecheriah Rock

    by machomikemd Written Sep 26, 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.

    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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