`En Kerem Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd

`En Kerem Things to Do

  • church of the Visitation

    And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior"(Luke 1:46)It took us some time to climb the numerous steps but I really liked the impressive church of the Visitation and worth to go there and enjoy the view. We were actually the only visitors inside the church as a group of other visitors were just leaving the...

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  • Mary’s spring

    The once fresh-water spring of the village was the place where (according to a famous Christian tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) met her cousin Elisabeth (wife of Zechariah and mother of John the Baptist) while the two were pregnant and apart from drinking for the cool water of the water they chat a bit about the upcoming children. Both of them...

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  • Moskubiya Russian church

    We didn’t have time for the Russian orthodox church but we took pictures of it from a distance, we could clearly see its beautiful golden domes and crosses of the main church from the yard of church of St.John Baptist (pic 2).The Gorny Monastery(means mountainous in russian) was built in 1871 when Russia was trying to put herself in Holy Land with...

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  • catholic church of St.John the Baptist

    Luke 1 67-68: "And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people".The catholic church of St.John Baptist is the most popular attraction in Ein Kerem. Its bell tower dominates the village’s center so we followed but we ended up at the back...

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  • islamic cemetery

    This is the first “site” we saw after parking our car. There was a big sign indicating the Islamic cemetery but there was nothing really to see, I hope the bulldoze didn’t come just to take the graves away (it happened to jewish cemeteries from arabs in the past but also to muslim cemeteries by Israelis, neverending conflict…)At the background we...

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  • 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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`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

  • how to go there

    Ein Kerem is at the outskirts of Jerusalem, about 7km SW of the central bus station of Jerusalem or 3,5km from Yad VashemBy carFrom Tel Aviv turn right at Harel junction and take route 3965 for a few km and then route 386.We drove there from Tel Aviv as we toured around the west part of Jerusalem general area. We started from Emmaus/Nicopolis,...

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  • how to move around

    It’s a small town so you can walk around the main attractions. The problem is that it’s on a hill so you may need to go up lots of steps (eg for the church of the Visitation). There were sings about the sites were everywhere so it’s really difficult to get lost, in some parts we noticed a detailed map (pic 4) although no one really needs one.Car...

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  • 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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`En Kerem Shopping

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    by mindcrime Written Aug 22, 2014

    We didn’t buy anything in Ein Kerem but we noticed many stores around.
    Apart from the usual souvenir stores that had typical magnets, cards etc and many religious related items there were also many small art shops and workshops with local artists that had beautiful objects from ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry etc interesting unique gifts to take back home.

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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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`En Kerem Favorites

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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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