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Church of St John the Baptist

The church has a classical Crusader format, which includes a basilica plan with two naves and three apses facing east. In the left (north) apse of the church is a cave, which according to Christian belief is where John the Baptist was born. The church houses paintings of great value, including a Death of John the Baptist, attributed to Francisco Ribalta.

Restoration works after the Second World War led to the discovery of important archaeological finds, including a mikvah, agricultural facilities attesting to the Jewish presence at the time of the Second Temple. Other finds show early Christian worship at this location.

  • Address

    Ha-Tzukim Ln 81, Ein Karem, Israel

  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Summer (April-September): 8:00 – 11:45 / 14:30 – 18:00, Winter (October-March): 8:00 – 12:00 / 14:30 – 17:30
  • What to see
    Crusader church, Ritual jew baths, paintings



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