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Ein Karem

Ein Karem (Israel)

Practical information on Ein Karem

  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 30 minutes by car from the centre of Jerusalem
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Ein Karem

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Ein Karem is an old village on the periphery of Jersualem.

My suggestion:
The garden of the Monastery of Our Lady of Sion is very peaceful and has a magnificent view of Ein Karem. I really encourage you to go there! 
My review

Ein Karem gives you an idea of what a typical village in the region could have looked like before Jerusalem's new suburbs were built. Stone houses surrounded by cypress and fig trees, and a few streams trickling here and there create an almost timeless atmosphere. There are several churches to visit because , according to Christian tradition, Ein Karem was the birthplace of St John the Baptist. There is also a spring that is considered holy because the Virgin Mary is supposed to have drunk from it.

Apart from these places of interest you should be aware the Ein Karem has become a place where Israelis like to go out at the weekend. So, from Thursday evening the terraces of the cafes and restaurants in this old village fill up and the place is no longer calm.

Although the number of things to see is relatively limited, it's worth spending a few hours soaking up the atmosphere of Ein Karem during your trip to Israel if you are in Jersualem.

Chapel in Ein Karem
House in Ein Karem