Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape is part of the Tentative list of Israel in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Ein Karem is a village southwest of modern Jerusalem and the site of the ancient village of Bet Hakerem. It was a Jewish settlement in the Second Temple Period (516 BCE to 70 CE). According to Christian tradition, it is the birthplace of John the Baptist. Ein Karem is an important place of pilgrimage with numerous churches and monasteries in the village and the surrounding area.
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My visit to Ein Karem was not too extensive in November of 2019. Yad Vashem is nearby, as is Abbell Synagogue of Hadassah Ein Karem with windows painted by Marc Chagall - the two main points of interest that I planned for one afternoon. I had about an extra hour in my schedule, and decided to drive to the core of the village to take a quick look.
That part of Ein Karem is centered on the Church of St John the Baptist, with a fairly impressive tiled interior (although covered in scaffolds at the time) and its own Nativity Cave underneath. The church itself may be worth a visit but the streets around it did not feel overly special to me. A nice cup of tea and the short wait to be served in a local confectionery store, during which I observed locals making purchases, left a more lasting impression. Other points of interest, such as Mary's Spring and a few other religious complexes in the area, did not fit into my allotted time. It is more than likely that I did not attempt to see enough to form an educated opinion, but my short visit did not lead me to consider the village's OUV to be significant.
Read more from Ilya Burlak here.
Today I visited the town of Ein Karem. It is only a short ride from Jerusalem. Ein Karem has many religious buildings, but none seems old or very special. The environment is nice to walk.
I think the outstanding universal value has to be that John The Baptist has been born here. It was 8 in the morning when I was there, and the first buses with tourists allready arrived. My host in the hotel told this is a good place to find a restaurant on a saturday (Sabbath).
There is not a lot of parking space there. I found a small (free) car park and some spaces along the road.
2015 Added to Tentative List
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