Church of the Visitation

Church of the Visitation, Ein Kerem

Church of the Visitation
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Orenvil
Rishon Lezion, Israel676 contributions
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 15 August 2020
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Yoramshap
Netanya, Israel471 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A worthwhile visit to this old church in beautiful Ein Kerem. Excellent frescoes, mosaic floors and verses of the magnificat in many languages. Enjoy.
Written 22 June 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Apr 2020
A short walk on a hill commemorating Mary's visit to her cousin, Elizabeth. Imagine Mary was already pregnant then when she did this so it's a relatively easy trek even for the elderly and yes pregnant women. This was one of our favorite church visitations during our whole pilgrimage. We loved it so much when my wife took a photo with our co-pilgrim beside statue of both pregnant Mary and Elizabeth. A few months after, my wife was healthily pregnant (for the second time, first one was ectopic). Also hoping our co-pilgrim will be blessed, too.
Written 27 April 2020
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Lita
42 contributions
Mar 2020
Though the walk up the mountain seemed pretty rigorous for the elderly, it was worth the trek. The church is built over the site of Zachariah and Elizabeth's hillside home. This is the place where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. There are actually two churchs on site. The lower church is more dedicated to Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist while the upper church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There are beautiful frescos and mosaics in both the upper and lower church. The Magnificat is written in several languages on the wall of the courtyard. The view looking out over the valley is stunning.
Written 14 March 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Jan 2020
This beautiful modern Catholic church, managed by the Franciscans, was designed by Antonio Barluzzi and completed in 1955. The church is built on the site of the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth. It honors Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth (the mother of Saint John the Baptist) as told in Luke’s Gospel. It’s important to note that Zachariah and Elizabeth had 2 houses in Ein Kerem (a home in the valley but also a cooler summer home on the hillside). It is the summer home that Mary visited when both women were pregnant, and the valley home where Saint John the Baptist was born. The prayer of praise and thanksgiving that Mary recited, known as the Magnificat, is inscribed on the courtyard walls in more than 40 languages. The two-tiered church has a gorgeous mosaic on the upper facade depicting Mary’s journey to Elizabeth. Inside are beautiful frescoes with scenes relevant to Mary. The lower church level includes a small chapel with a passage leading to an old well and a niche with a huge Stone of Hiding indicating the area where baby John was hidden during Herod’s massacre of infants. The church is another Barluzzi masterpiece, and well worth the effort required to walk up the hill.
Written 17 February 2020
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angelamartinelli2019
Sao Paulo, SP44 contributions
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 14 February 2020
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David Ha'ivri 🇮🇱
Israel242 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Church is very important to Christians who come from around the world to visit and pray here and relate to events that took place in the new Testament. The Churches are magnificent and the scenery is very beautiful.

There are a number of Churches and Christian traditions and sites regarding the history of Ein Kerem which Christians consider to be a town in Judea which is mention in the New Testament.

All can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the village and view of the mountains and Valley.
Written 29 January 2020
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patshea2016
Norridge, IL236 contributions
Jan 2019
While on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, our tour guide took the forty nine of us to the village of Ein Karen. One of the churches we visited in Ein Karen was the Church of the Visitation. We walked up the hill to the church. It was a beautiful church where Elizabeth lived in seclusion for five months. Be sure to visit!
Written 24 December 2019
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Joe1234665
Weston, CT354 contributions
Oct 2019
The  Church of the Visitation marks a spot where Mary meets her  cousin Elizabeth and they share knowledge of two pregnancies that will change the world - John the baptist and Jesus Christ.

The church is a up a steep walk. Take it slow and see the church and grounds  which are lovely. The view is worth the walk. 

If someone in your group is not up to the climb there is a little outdoor coffee shop on the corner that is great to wait epecially if the group next goes to the birthplae of John the Baptist
Written 31 October 2019
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seetheworld010
Sedona, AZ1,070 contributions
Sep 2019
Mary meets her cousin, Elizabeth, here. Elizabeth is pregnant with John the Baptizer of 6 mo. She tells Mary she is pregnant with Jesus the Son of God. It’s beautiful! Well worth the trip.
Written 17 September 2019
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