Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Ein Kerem: Address, Phone Number, Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Reviews: 4.5/5

Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Jan 2020
This Catholic church belongs to the Franciscans who built the current church in the mid-19th century with help from Spain. The structure itself dates to the 11th century, with foundations possibly as old as the Byzantine period (4th-7th century). The church was built on the spot where Saint John the Baptist was born. The sanctuary was under restoration when we were there, so we had just a glimpse of the beautiful blue and white interior. Thankfully we were able to visit the grotto identified as John’s birthplace. A small marble circle under the altar marks the spot and is venerated by pilgrims. Note that Zachariah and Elizabeth, John’s parents, had two homes in Ein Kerem. John was born in the valley home, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth in the hillside home, now the location of the Church of the Visitation (which you must visit).
Written February 17, 2020
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Lita
42 contributions
Mar 2020
A pretty church with blue and white tile. Unfortunately there was scaffoling in the main body of the church so it took away from the ambience of the church. You could still see the altar, but was not conducive for taking pictures. The grotto to the left of the altar is the site of St. John's birth. There is a nice small altar and a plague at the site of his birth. The courtyard was very pretty with the Benedictus written in several languages.
Written March 14, 2020
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ787 contributions
Nov 2019
A beautiful tiled church that was unfortunately covered in scaffolding when I was visiting. Has its own Nativity Grotto, as the name suggests, marking the place of birth of St John the Baptist. The walls of the courtyard of the church carry transcription of a prayer in several dozen different languages - a fairly unusual feature.
Written December 1, 2019
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Apr 2020
Another site being visited by Catholic pilgrims. One interesting feature of this church is the songs of thanksgiving in 24 languages posted on the premises. The Filipino song on a bryan ceramics was donated in 1998 by our own tour operator, the Catholic Travel, Inc. Just proud to join this pilgrimage with CTI.
Written April 27, 2020
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MBB1952
Surfers Paradise, Australia10,760 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This Church is were St. John the Baptist was born, visited a while back. The Church has a lovely alter and on the right you go down a few steps were you will see the place were St. John was born.
Written October 2, 2015
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Eduardo E
Miami, FL13 contributions
Oct 2019
Not a huge church by today's standards but rich in history. A must see if you wants to know everything about Jesus Christ.
Written January 2, 2020
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Alberto C
Panama City, Panama80 contributions
Oct 2018
The highlight of this church is the spot where is believe to be the place where St John the Baptist was born. As you enter the church the birthplace marked by a marble star is a few steps down from the main nave to the left. Beside, this important highlight, there is nothing else to see, as the Franciscan church is quite simple in its interior. Outside in the front courtyard, the Canticle of Zachariah is engraved along the front wall in different languages. This site is a must for devout Christians who can understand its deep and important significance, otherwise, is meaningless.
Written October 18, 2018
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Lisa E
Boca Raton, FL72 contributions
Mar 2017
This amazing church gave me all of the "feels." Incredible tile work on the walls inside the church, and The Benedictus prayer in many languages outside the church. My favorite part was the grotto to the left of the altar, where the place of the birth of John the Baptist is marked. So ancient! So holy!
Written February 5, 2018
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,561 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This is the birth place of Saint John the Baptist...Walk up the stairs of the church and look to the left of the altar.

The text from Luke is written in numerous different languages surrounding the courtyard.

There is a cafe around back.
Written August 14, 2016
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David Ha'ivri 🇮🇱
Israel242 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Church and its history is of great significance to Christianity and many Christians from around the world visit this site which they believe to be the birth place of John the Baptist.

The sanctuary is currently under renovations, but, most of it is accessible to guests in sections that are fenced off from the construction areas.

There is no entrance fee.
Written January 29, 2020
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