Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery

Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery, Haifa

Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery

Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery
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Serving as a pilgrimage centre, this impressive church of the Carmelite Order houses a collection of antiques and its nearby monastery once served as a hospital for Napoleon’s soldiers.
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Stella Maris Monastery at Mt. Carmel
Jul 2019
We visited the Carmelite Monastery - Stella Maris Monastery - at Mt. Carmel last July on our trip from Tel Aviv to Tiberius. We had previously visited there about 5 or 6 years ago and were pleased to have been able to make a second trip. While the upper level Church is beautiful and inspiring, the most awe-inspiring site is the lower grotto chapel (where God spoke to the Prophet in a "small. still voice"). This is a spiritual and significant place to visit for it's Old Testament historical impact and for it's New Testament importance as the founding location of the Carmelite Order.
Written April 26, 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Prayers and meal at the monastery
Apr 2020
Had a simple and quiet lunch here at the monastery arranged by our pilgrimage operator. This after mass by our group and visiting the church itself with a statue of Virgin Mary venerated by many Catholics here. A cave underneath the altar is the statue of Prophet Elijah who had lived here for sometime. If you want to experience some solitude, this place in Haifa is the place to be.
Written April 23, 2020
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Rob M
Grand Rapids, MI8 contributions
Beautiful Architecture and History
Jan 2020
The views from the site are worth the trip up the mountain side. The art work/architecture is incredible. Be sure to learn of the history.
Written April 22, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Fascinating church for photographers on the hill above Haifa
Jan 2020
Many tours of Haifa will stop here for a few minutes. Photographers will find it a challenge but rewarding for photographs. Due to crowds, travel light using a DSLR, although we had a pocket camera with us that day. It worked fine, but the interior is dark requiring fast ISOs. Look for the interior details. Exterior is bland, but walk around and find shots. Also near is a viewpoint of Haifa and the bay. Be sure to walk over there.
Written April 11, 2020
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Leah D
Haifa, Israel10 contributions
Interesting place
Jan 2020
In this area there is a combination of an interesting of the Carmelite church, historical monuments, and a balcony for a panoramic view of the city and the bay of Haifa. You can get there by cable-car, which add to the total experience. Usually I will recommend walking the footpath from there down below to Elija cave but due to the constructions around the cave now days the path is closed from this direction and the cave is accessible only from below, from Allenby street
Written March 6, 2020
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,635 contributions
A very beautiful church but also a place from which you have an amazing view over Haifa
Feb 2020
The church is located on Mount Carmel, being raised above the cave where the Prophet Elijah often lodged. At the beginning of the 13th century, the "Carmelite Order" was created here, belonging to the Catholic church, but at the end of the century the church was conquered and then destroyed by the Muslims. The present church was rebuilt in 1823 and the monastery, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Do not miss to admire the scenery that can be seen from this place. The best panorama is from the funicular station. Absolutely gorgeous!
Written March 5, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,154 contributions
Latin for 'Star of the Sea'
Jan 2020
Stella Maris, which is Latin for ‘Star of the Sea’, is an ancient title for the Virgin Mary. The Stella Maris Monastery and Church dates to 1631 when the Carmelites, a Catholic religious order, were forced to withdraw from the Holy Land. A small monastery, later enlarged but then destroyed by the French in 1799, resulted in the need to rebuild again. Today’s church and monastery dates to 1836 and serves as world headquarters for the Carmelites. Our tour group had arranged for lunch in the monastery; the food was plentiful, delicious and the surroundings tranquil. Sister Esther surprised us with a visit to the rooftop which provided fabulous views of the Mediterranean and Haifa harbor (thank you Sister!). We didn’t think it could get any better – until we entered the lovely Stella Maris Church. Even though it’s small, the Italian marble columns and colorful paintings are anything but. The elevated altar is dominated by a famous porcelain statue of “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” – Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus in her lap. Underneath the altar, steps lead to a small grotto where the Old Testament prophet Elijah sometimes lived. The church dome and ceiling contains vivid paintings, including Elijah being carried to Heaven in a chariot. Simply stunning!
Written February 25, 2020
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patshea2016
Norridge, IL236 contributions
Make time to Visit!
Jan 2019
On our first full day of pilgrimage in the Holy Land early this year, our tour guide took our group of of forty -nine pilgrims to a Carmelite Monastery. It is named Stella Maris. The prophet, Elijah, lived in a cave at one time. The Carmelite Monastery is located just above the cave in which Elijah lived. A beautiful painting of Elijah is located on the ceiling of the Church. On the January morning when we visited, we took a few minutes to take in the beautiful view of Haifa Bay just outside the Church.
Written December 27, 2019
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G5580MXdavidw
Calgary, Canada19 contributions
Interesting Monastery & Amazing Haifa Gulf Vista
Nov 2019
The Monastery is built on a cave which believers connect to Elijah the Profit, across the street is a great vista point with views of the Golf of Haifa Akko and up to the Northern point on the Israeli cost - Rosh Hanikra.
Written December 26, 2019
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Margaret B
Washington DC, DC567 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2019
The Carmelite church is built over Elijah's cave. Tributes to Mary, to John of the Cross, and to Teresa of Avila, also. Beautiful church and monastery, and breathtaking views of the sea.
Written December 7, 2019
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