Ein Kerem is also called Ain Karem
Seven kilometers from Jerusalem, the little town of Ein Kerem recalls the homeland of John the Baptist. From evangelical facts, Ein Kerem was part of the Roman administrative district called “District of the Mount” This is inhabited Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist’s parents. The Church of the Visitation recalls the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth,the angel said to Marie:
Look, even Elizabeth your relative has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called barren is in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.
And Mary, the salvation of Elizabeth:
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name.
The current church was rebuilt in 1939 on the Byzantine ruins, also called the Church of the Magnificat.
By visiting Ein Kerem you will see the Church of the Visitation, the House of Jean-Baptiste and in a middle of the woods, A. Regensburg’s tomb, the Zion Sisters founders. One hour walk to the west of Ein Kerem allow you to achieve this is nice place called: the Desert of St. John. According to a pious tradition, little John retired there until he was able to announce the presence of Christ among men :
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
Ein Kerem nowadays
Now Ein Keres is a neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem and the site of the Hadassah Medical Center. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on July 16, 1948, but in 2010 the neighborhood had a population of 2,000. It attracts three million visitors a year, one-third of them pilgrims from around the world. You will found there many churches and monasteries.