Jerusalem Sights

Church of St. John the Baptist

  • Ein Kerem St. Map It
  • Ein Kerem
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 03/07/2016

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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 the heart of Ein Kerem. The church's old paintings and glazed tiles alone make it worth a visit.

Sight Information


Ein Kerem St., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, n/a, Israel

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 8–noon and 2:30–5:45; Oct.–Mar., daily 8–noon and 2:30–4:45

Published 03/07/2016


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