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“Amazing venue lots of culture and history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church of the Visitation

Church of the Visitation
Ein Kerem, Israel
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Ein Kerem
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“Amazing venue lots of culture and history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Fantastic place to see all tyes of religion and the history of each all in the same place.

Visited February 2012
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“If you want to visualize Judean hills during biblical time, visit Ein Kerem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

The Church of Visitation is just one attraction in Ein Kerem. This is an ancient village from before second temple time, used probably as the bread basket for the Jewish pilgrims who would visit the temple three times a year and there was a need to feed the hundred of thousands visitors each year. According to Christian tradition, this is the birthplace of Rabi Yochanan, otherwise known as John The Baptist.
There are a few important churches, such as the one mentioned above, where Mary met her relative Elizabeth when the two of them were pregnant, The Monastery and Church Yocahanan Beharim (John in the mountains) - another fascinating church where according to the tradition Jon the Baptist was born, and others.
But Ein kerem is not just Christianity and churches. It is a lovely neighborhood full of artists, Cafe's, secrets and unique atmosphere. You can see even today the terraces build 3,000 years ago by the first Israelite s that left Egypt and the only place that they could have settled were the mountains of Judea and Samaria. They had no land to plant their crop, therefore they had to cut the forest trees and build the terraces that are still used to plant olive trees, pomegranate trees and other biblical plants.
When you are done with religion and history, you can always stop by the lovely chocolate store (on the way to Yochanan Beharim church) and taste a delicious locally made chocolate and a warm coffee.
This is 15 minutes drive from city center, make sure that you include it on your visit!

Visited December 2011
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