Church of the Visitation, Ein Kerem

The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, honors the visit paid by the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient Marian hymns.HistoryOne tradition attributes the construction of the first church of Ein Karem to Empress Helena of Constantinople, Constantine I's mother, who identified the site as the home of John's father, Zachary and the place where Elizabeth and her infant son hid from Herod's soldiers. Possibly due to the Muslim takeover of Jerusalem in 638, the original shrine must have gone out of reach for Christian pilgrims and by the time the Crusaders conquered the Holy Land, they found in Ein Karem two different locations venerated in connection with the main points of interest for pilgrims: the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, the home of Zachary and Elizabeth, the birth of John, and the hiding place of Elizabeth and John. They erected two main churches here, the precursors of what are today the Church of St John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. After the departure of the Crusaders, the different traditions shifted back and forth between the two locations. At the site of the Church of the Visitation the Crusaders erected a two-story church dedicated to the meeting between Elizabeth and Mary over the ancient ruins they found here. When the Crusaders were pushed out of the Holy Land, the church gradually deteriorated. In the 14th century it was for a while under the care of Armenian monks, but in 1480 a pilgrim reports only ruins from the site. The Franciscans bought the property from an Arab family in 1679, excavated the grounds in 1937 and erected a new church in the following years, preserving all extant Byzantine and Crusader remains as part of the new shrine. Archaeologists found a Byzantine cistern in the courtyard and, more significantly, the remains of a Byzantine chapel over which the later churches were erected.
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  • Certainly the church every nook and corner is clean and tidy and quiet garden accordingly. Quite a few visitors from around the world come to see and pray. Worth visiting even for those less in interest. It should be emphasized that relative increase gun training or walking on the ramp then note
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  • Although I have been to this church many times over the years, its beauty and location never cease to please. Today I took some guests from abroad to visit. There we found groups of pilgrims from vari...  more »
  • We got to celebrate a solemn mass and I have to give five stars because the Church and the place impressed me much. Beautiful!
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  • nice church, to reach here u have to climb steps. so before that do not eat too much and carry water
  • Church of the Visitation, Jerusalem, Israel - worth to see. The Church of the Visitation (formerly Abbey Church of St John in the Woods) in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, honors the visit paid by the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:39–56) This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient Marian hymns.
  • Lovely historic village. Lots of trails, forests, churches, restaurants.
  • One of the gorgeous churches of Ein Karem, commemorating the visit of Virgin mary to Elizabeth. What i recommend is to go and see the byzantine and crusader remains of the church, and to feel the soul inspiration inside it.
  • A great church with an amazing veiw , great place for meditation. There is a hard slope could be challenging for handicapped.
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