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Church of St. John the Baptist

Church of St. John the Baptist Review

The village of Ein Kerem is not mentioned by name in the New Testament, but its identification as the birthplace of John the Baptist is a tradition that apparently goes back to the Byzantine period (5th century AD). The grotto associated with that event is enshrined in the large, late-17th-century Franciscan church that bears his name, its orange tile roof a prominent landmark in Ein Kerem. The church's old paintings and glazed tiles alone make it worth a visit.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ein Kerem St., Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, 96502
  • Phone: 02/632–3000
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 8–noon and 2:30–5:45; Oct.–Mar., daily 8–noon and 2:30–4:45
  • Location: West Jerusalem
Updated: 05-19-2013

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