`En Kerem Travel Guide

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`En Kerem Things to Do

  • John Baharim Church 2

    part two of my John Baha Rim Church tips with more pictures of the inside.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...

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  • John Baharim Church 1

    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...

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  • Church of the Visitacion: Upper Church

    This will be my tips of the Upper Part of the Visitacion Church, 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...

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  • Church of the Visitacion: Zecheriah Rock

    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...

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  • Church of the Visitacion

    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...

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  • Mary's Well

    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...

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  • walk around the centre

    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...

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  • Ein Kerem: Church of the Visitation:...

    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...

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  • Ein Kerem: Church of the Visitation:...

    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...

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  • Ein Kerem: Mary's Spring

    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...

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  • Church of the visitation

    The church of the visitation is located where people believe that Zacharia and Elisabeth (John the Baptist's parents) summer house were.The name of the change is because Elisabeth's cousin - Mary came to this place to visit while both of them were pregnant at the timeThe church was designed by the architect Antonio Barluzzi (he designed many...

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  • Ha'maayan St and the well

    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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  • St John in the mountains

    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)...

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  • The Russian church

    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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  • The other John the Baptist 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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  • Notre-Dame de Sion Monastery

    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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  • Hadasa En Kerem

    Hadasa En Kerem is a big hospital , with medicine school.Inside the hospital (on the synagogue) you will find stained glass of the Jewish 12 tribes by the artist Marc Chagall.

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  • Walk around

    The most important thing in Ein Kerem is to just walk around and look...See some more sights of Ein Kerem in the travelogue.

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  • Church of Saint John the Baptist

    This church was built on top of a little cave in which, according to tradition, John the Baptist was born.Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-12:00 14:30-17:00 (Apr-Sep closes at 18:30)See more in the travelogue.

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  • The 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...

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  • Notre Dame de Sion

    This monastery sits on a hill overlooking the Judea mountains to the west. There is a hotel there, but it deserves a visit even if you don't going to stay there. Behind the wall and the iron gate hides a beautiful garden a charming guesthouse, a picturesque little cemetery and a terrace where you can sit and enjoy the mountain views. Opening Hours:...

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`En Kerem Restaurants

  • Excellent Ein-Kerem Restaurant

    Ein Kerem, the beautiful village tucked in the Jerusalem mountains, gets very busy on Saturdays. Restaurants in central Jerusalem are closed for the Sabbath due to religious constraints, and many hungry Jerusalem visitors and locals flock to Ein Kerem (and also Abu Gosh) for a good meal.We had lunch in "Karma" on a busy Saturday. The restaurant was...

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  • Bet Ha'maayan

    Bet Ha'maayan (the well house) is a restaurant located a few meters near Mary's well.The view from here is very good. We ate a good breakfast , the bread was very good

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  • En Kerem Inn

    The restaurant is located in the middle of the lovely village , and you can enjoy italian and french cuisine.They have also breakfast , sandwiched , soups and more.Another thing you will see inside is a cat and a few dogs - i dont think it is a good thing but i guess people love it. The Onion soup was very good.The other things we ordered...

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`En Kerem Transportation

  • Bus from Jerusalem

    the main draw of Ein Kerem are the Christian Pilgrims who go along the biblical sites around this small mountain town, and going to and from Ein Kerem to you hotels in Jerusalem Proper is easy as there is no separation barrier here unlike when going to Bethlehem in the west bank as Ein Kerem is part of the Suburbs of Jerusalem. the drive from West...

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  • walking around En Kerem

    En Kerem is nice subburban part of Jerusalem, wich still retains the feel of ancient vilage.Best way to get around is walk.Signposting is everywere!!!

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  • Walking

    The best way to see the village is by walking.Most of the places are very close to each other and although you can drive from one place to another there is a problem driving in the narrow streets (and to find a place to park of course).

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`En Kerem Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving to the area

    If you are driving to Jerusalem area from the center of Israel (Route no.1) don't drive too fast - the road can be tricky.Also - if it is winter it can be foggy and slippery.While returning from En Kerem i saw 2 car accidents.

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  • The water on the well

    Don't drink the water on the Mary's well !!!A lot of christians come to the village and drink the water or take water with them.Although they might be holy they are still undrinkable.

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  • Parking

    Parking in En Kerem is not a fun stuff... the streets are narrow , not too many places to park and if you come on friday or saturday , which are the Israeli's free days , it can be very crowded.There are places to park on the maayan street.

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`En Kerem Off The Beaten Path

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 26, 2013

    since this is under the custody of the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans and we were roman catholic pilgrims, we were allowed to celebrate mass inside by the franciscan fria in charge of the church and he even sang with us the latin version of Mary's Hymm Magnificat as you would see in my videos here.

    they allow roman catholic masses by pilgrims from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm everyday.

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 21, 2013

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    Favorite thing: 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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