Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel

Christian tradition places the birth of John the Baptist — who announced the coming of Jesus Christ, his cousin — in the picturesque village of Ein Karem 7.5km south-west of Jerusalem.

Ein Kerem is a secluded village suburb on the outskirts of West Jerusalem. Surrounded by hills dotted with olive and cypress trees, the village is refreshingly quiet although only 20 minute bus ride southwest of the city centre. Ein Kerem’s stone houses are now mostly inhabited by Israeli artists and sculptors, and there is a wide variety of art galleries in the village.

Alongside, there is also a choice of small cafes and restaurants. Travellers will be interested in visiting also the large number of religious sites (Jewish and Christian) in and around Ein Kerem, the reputed birthplace of John the Baptist. Before 1948, the site was a Palestinian village

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