Church of the Visitation
Church of the Visitation
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Sallie L
Chicago, IL38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Although this is a lovely site, and significant for Christians, the Franiscan Friar, Fr. Sergio was not at all kind. Our group was ten minutes late of our time for Mass, and he scolded both the priest and guide. The guide happened to be a woman, a Catholic Sister, and Sergio was heard to say: "She's no guide." For a place where Mary received hospitality from Elizabeth, there was no hospitality at all from Fr. Sergio. He should be removed from this post.
Written January 19, 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK2,032 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This church is up a paved track from the carpark below. It is an easy trek through pleasant semi-rural scenery. The church itself is associated with Mary's visit to Elizabeth and is a colourful place with small gardens and a terrace outside. Worth visiting if you have already seen the major sites in Jerusalem.
Written December 18, 2022
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TourGuideInJerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Business
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!
Written December 13, 2011
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
At the place where Mary visited Elizabeth was the Visitation Church. The present Church is on the top of the old church which was ruined.Built in 1935 by Architect Baarlucy it has a beautiful structure. There was a well nearby having cold water believed to be used by Mary to drink.
Written August 17, 2017
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TheBaldTraveller
89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
The walk from the main road to the Church is a bit tiring especially for those who are physically-challenged. The 300 meter walk up a may be too much for the sick and elderly. One needs to slowly negotiate the steep road and appreciate the view to take away the attention from the grueling walk.

As soon as you get to the entrance of the Church of the Visitation, the nice view of the city and the quiet and serenity of the place will make you forget the tiring walk. At the gate, you will be greeted by two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her pregnant cousin, Elizabeth. The statues depict the meeting between the two biblical mothers of the New Testament – the mothers of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist.

On the grounds, you will find a wall with the “Magnificat” in different languages. The place is conducive for quiet reflection. There are various places of worship and meditation.
Written March 25, 2012
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Orenvil
Rishon Lezion, Israel676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
But at the end, the view is fantastic.
The climbing is not difficult, and even a small kids could do it.

Due the covid19, the church is close on Saturday.
Written August 15, 2020
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dancing-freak
Tel Aviv, Israel1,243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
This Franciscan church boasts prayers, and a beautiful scene from the life of Mary in mosaics in the front court. Opposite the entrance gate there is a prayer hall with very nice paintings and a cistern from which John, according to tradition, drank.
Above this level there is an impressive, stark church that was remodeled recently. In the back there is a very grand painting over the organ.
Written November 15, 2015
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Pnina E
Jerusalem, Israel164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
ein kerem is a village in jerusalem. great history and great view. 7 monesteries. golden domes you can take a local tour guide from local tourism company and see a lot of the hidden sites.recomended
Written February 26, 2013
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Boaz D
Giv'atayim, Israel41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
The This small village neighborhood of Jerusalem (once a village) has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to the tradition John the Baptist was born. Today the village draws a wealthier population of artists and people of free trades.

The itinerary offers plenty of thrilling sights such as the narrow alleys, landscapes from immemorial times and the beautifully built Arabian stone-houses, and its zesty assortment of churches, cafes, and restaurants.
Written April 16, 2012
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angelamartinelli2019
Sao Paulo, SP45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
It is nice and solemn with a beautifull view. However, visiting with an elderly presented some challenges as there are lots of steps to climb.
Written February 14, 2020
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