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, commemorated in the Church of St. John. Before 1948, the site was an Arab village called 'Ayn Karim, and before that, the Jewish village of Beit HaKerem.
Take city bus #28 from the Mount Herzl light rail station.
Walk - it's a small village.
- the Church of the Visitation
- the Spring of the Virgin
- the Notre Dame de Sion monastery, guest house and garden which is open for visitors and give a marvelous experience
- the Church of Saint John franciscan church and monastery
- the Mosque of Omar Since 'Umar Ib al-Khatab visited and prayed in the village soon after the Muslim Arab conquest in the 7th century, a mosque has been erected for this occasion (which remains standing to this date).
Take a walk in the garden of Notre Dame De Sion monastery and Guest House. It has a beautiful garden, view points and old cemetery. The sisters are very much open to every religion and nation.
Ein Kerem Youth Hostel Notre Dame De Sion Monastery and Guest House (open for all visitors, beautiful rooms or apartments and full board).