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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ein Kerem by using our Jerusalem trip itinerary planner.
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  • For us them Christian this place, represents one of them passages biblical more important of our history, think in two events that occurred in these lands in time of Jesus: the first the birth of John the Baptist and the second it visit of the Virgin to Isabel, are the motivation of the construction of the sanctuary of the visitation. Located in the western part of the Valley, it must pass through the Ain Karem, call the Virgin source, to ascend to it. The primitive sanctuary Byzantine, not was more than a chapel, reminder of the removal of Isabel during five months, avoiding that your son out murdered by Herod. From the visitation you can see far away two precious villages, Abu Gosh and Nebi Samuel (Israelis) decorated by its fully stocked mountains. We recommend that you visit it.
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  • A valley between mountains. The highlight is the Church of San Juan Bautista. It is a place of Marian devotion, but scenically it is no big deal. Is comes in the bus 28, that connects with the end of the line of trams. There are three or four restaurants. It is far away and not too worth it
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  • Mary travelled here to visit Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist and there is now a lovely church and grounds for visitors. It is a long walk up stairs but I thought it was worth the walk...  more »