06 April, 2013

The story of Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem

Hi all
I would like to share with you a story about one of the nice places around Jerusalem: Ein Karem. The village is located 4km south-west to the city, and consists of many old houses, churches and monasteries, all surrounded by trees and gardens.
I visited this village several times, and would like to share with you few photos and a story.
The Church of the Visitation is located where Mary paid a visit to Elizabeth, and the beautiful sculpture describes their meeting:


In the background, there are translations of the Magnificat to several languages, including Hebrew.
The Church itself is relatively new, built in the 20th century, and was completed by the Italian Architect Antonio Barluzzi in 1955. The walls are covered with many paintings, the most interesting one describes Mary as the queen of the world:

Looking carefully at this painting who can see Barluzzi standing in the lower left side. Here is a zoom-in:

Not far from there, there is the Gorny Convent which dominates the landscape with it's unique 5 golden shiny domes, but the story of this place will be told in one of the coming posts:
That's all for today
Roni

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