Just before we reach Bethlehem, we stopped in Ein Karim, a village south-west of Jerusalem. According to tradition, it is the “City of Judah” and is associated with the life of John the Baptist. Here, in Ein Karim, John’s father, Zechariah, had his summer home. The church sits on the site where the house was situated. The present structure was built on the remains of former churches. This is where John the Baptist was born. The steeple in this photo belongs to St. John the Baptist Church, which commemorates his birth.
This is where Mary came when she visited her cousin while the two of them were miraculously pregnant.