Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, is famous for the Church of the Visitation, commemorating St. Mary's visit to St. Elizabeth, and the Church of St. John the Baptist, commemorating St. John's birth: “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth” (Lk. 1:39-40).* An amazing archeological find was discovered close to Ein Karem: the Cave of John the Baptist in Kibbutz Tzuba.
Even before reaching the city, you can visit the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem. Just a 20-minute drive from the city center, it is known for its idyllic character. Nestled in greenery, Ein Kerem brings you breathtaking views, charming stone houses, churches and mosques, fascinating historical sites, enchanting alleys, galleries and special boutique shops, cafes and fine restaurants, as well as exquisite hotels, both old and new.