Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

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Every year, three million people visit Ein Kerem, the site of John the Baptist's birth. Because of its ties to Christian history, this area remains a popular attraction for many Christian pilgrims visiting Israel. The neighborhood boasts several notable churches and monasteries, as well as Mary's Spring, an ancient aqueduct where the Virgin Mary once stopped for a drink of water. Many believers consider the spot sacred, and make a special trip to fill their bottles with the holy water. Plan your visit to Ein Kerem and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Jerusalem trip itinerary planner.
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  • According to Christian tradition, Ein Karen associated with the life of St. John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth pregnant with your old husband also Zacchaeus.
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  • We mainly went to Ein Kerem to visit Hadassah Hospital, which is a phenomenal place to see. What good work they do there, and they treat everyone the same...Jewish, Muslim, Christian...all get the sam...  more »
  • On the outskirts of Jerusalem. Lovely little town with restaurants and galleries. Two beautiful churches related to Mary and John the Baptist.  more »

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