016 = Ein Kareim
The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem commemorates the meeting of Mary wity Elizabeth.And she spoke out with a loud voice and said :
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord come to me.
The present church rebuilt on the Byzantine remains in 1939 is also called the Church of the Magnificat.
017,017-1,017-2 = Above,left,partial view of Ein Karim.
Below,left.The Grotto under whose altar the star which indicates the place where John the Baptist was born.
The Church of St.John the Baptist - Interior
018 = The Church of St.John the Baptist,which was built in the 5th century over the cave wupposed to be the site of the birth of John the Baptist.The present church was built in 1885 by the Franciscan Fathers.The church was repeatedly restored and in 1938 the Franciscan Fathers built the upper church.
019 = Ein Karem.The Church of St.John the Baptist.Interior.
My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
On the wall facing the church the magnificat is written in 41 languages.