Ein Kerem Neighborhood

Destinations in Jerusalem

“Spring of the Vineyard” is the Arabic translation of Ein Kerem; which perfectly exemplifies this small neighborhood’s simplistic and peaceful beauty. Even though the community only consists of a couple of thousands of residents; it draws in millions of visitors each year, with a third of them being from other countries. Why is this?

Ein Kerem is a pilgrimage site for many Christians. Also, it is believed that this is where Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, became pregnant and gave birth to her son. It is also believed a relative visited Elizabeth during her pregnancy, none other than Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus at the time. Due to this, many believers come to this neighborhood each year to pursue their religious beliefs, and others come to enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer. The Church of Visitation is one Christian site that inspires me each time I visit the area.

More About Ein Kerem

So the original settlement of Ein Kerem, located in what is now Jerusalem, has a long history thanks to the spring. Water is a critical part of life, and this bubbling spring has provided the lifeblood to settlers for thousands of years. Pottery found near the spring dates back to the Bronze Age. Ein Kerem survived the Iron age, the Second Temple period, and the Roman and Byzantine periods.

During an excavation of the Church of Saint John the Baptist, a marble statue of Venus was found, proof that the Romans had once been in the area. Ein Kerem continued to survive through the Islamic, Crusader, Mamluk, Ottoman, and British periods. The neighborhood would suffer through the Israeli conflicts but eventually came out more vital than ever to be the neighborhood beloved by many today.

Ein Kerem – The Place to Be in Jerusalem!

So Ein Kerem is a tourism gem! Featuring a variety of destinations and activities for visitors to enjoy. For Christians, there is a vast array of beautiful churches and monasteries to explore, like John Baharim Chuch. In addition, Mary’s Well, named after the mother of Jesus, is a place where many pilgrims go to drink the holy water. Beyond religious activities, there is something for every kind of visitor.

Monastery of St. John in the Wilderness
Flavius Descriptions of John the Baptist (St John in the Wilderness Monastery)

In conclusion, everything is from fine dining at luxury restaurants to sipping tea at a quaint café. Walking tours are a particular favorite as you can truly immerse yourself in the grace and beauty of this neighborhood, from the breathtaking views to the limestone houses to the art displayed by local artists. When visiting Jerusalem, Ein Kerem is the ideal way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.


Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history.

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