Pinsteps. The Church of the Visitation Plaza in Ein Karem
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The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem has a serene and picturesque plaza in front of it, reflecting the site's historical and spiritual significance. It was reconstructed in 1955 by the renowned Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi. The church is located on a southern hill above Ein Kerem, providing visitors with a view of the lush surroundings and the quaint village below. A path leading from Mary’s Spring to the church accentuates the serene beauty of the area, surrounded by the natural landscape of the village.

The Church of the Visitation is famous for its artistic decorations and commemorates the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, depicted in a new mosaic painting on its wall. The Franciscans, who have been the official custodians of the Holy Places since 1342, maintain the church. The facade features the 5-cross symbol, representing the Franciscan order and the five Holy wounds of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Visitors to the church can explore both its upper and lower chapels, which house various religious artefacts and artworks, including ceiling panels illustrating biblical scenes and a courtyard that features inscriptions of the Magnificat translated into many languages. This hymn recalls the song of Mary while visiting her cousin in Ein Karem, as described in Luke 1:46-55.

The Church of the Visitation is open daily, with visiting hours from 8:00-11:45 AM and 2:30-6:00 PM (5:00 PM in October to March), allowing visitors ample time to explore its rich history and enjoy the tranquil views from the plaza. This site, along with the surrounding village of Ein Karem, provides a peaceful retreat and a deep connection to the biblical stories that have shaped this region for centuries.

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Ein Kerem around Hadassah

Embark on a picturesque walking tour that marries gentle strolls with invigorating hikes, starting from the charming village of Ein Kerem on the outskirts of Jerusalem. This journey isn't just a trek; it's an immersion into the natural beauty, history, and culinary delights of one of Israel's most storied regions.

The Beginning: Ein Kerem Your adventure begins in Ein Kerem, a village that seems frozen in time with its stone houses, art galleries, and lush gardens. Known for its biblical significance and home to significant Christian sites, Ein Kerem serves as the perfect prologue to your journey through Jerusalem's mountains.

The Trail: From Ein Kerem to Nahal Sorek From the tranquility of Ein Kerem, the trail transitions into the rugged landscapes of Nahal Sorek. This part of the hike will challenge your muscles and reward your senses, as the terrain becomes more demanding. Nahal Sorek, mentioned in biblical texts, offers not only a journey through nature but also a voyage back in time. As you navigate its paths, you're tracing the steps of countless others who have traversed these lands for millennia.

The Israel National Trail Your path intersects with sections of the Israel National Trail, a trail that snakes through the entire country, from the Lebanese border in the north to the Red Sea in the south. This segment provides a unique perspective on Israel's diverse landscapes, showcasing the ecological variety and the seamless blend of history and modernity.

Return Loop: Ein Handak and Ein Kerem Springs The trail loops back towards Ein Kerem, guiding hikers through Ein Handak and past the refreshing springs of Ein Kerem. These natural water sources, nestled in the Jerusalem mountains, offer serene spots for reflection and a well-deserved respite from the day's exertions. The sound of flowing water and the shade of ancient trees create an oasis of calm, inviting you to replenish before the final leg of your journey.

The Culmination: Mala Bistro Your trek concludes where it began, in Ein Kerem, but the experience is far from over. The final stop is Mala Bistro, a gastronomic gem that promises to satiate your hunger with culinary masterpieces. Here, in the heart of this picturesque village, you'll enjoy dishes crafted from the freshest local ingredients, each bite a reflection of Jerusalem's rich cultural tapestry. The restaurant's intimate setting and thoughtfully prepared cuisine offer the perfect end to a day of exploration and discovery.

Reflections This walking tour with its hiking parts is more than just a physical journey; it's an exploration of the soul of Jerusalem and its surroundings. From the historical depths of Ein Kerem to the natural beauty of Nahal Sorek and the culinary delights of Mala Bistro, you're invited to experience the essence of this ancient land in a day. The breathtaking views, the challenging and rewarding paths, and the finale of exceptional cuisine at Mala Bistro encapsulate the spirit of adventure and the richness of Jerusalem's mountainous landscape.

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