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Mary’s spring

  • Address

    Ein Karem, Israel

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  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see

The spring has been in use since the Canaanite period, and has given the name to the city (in Hebrew: ein = spring, kerem = vineyard). The tunnel was excavated during the second temple period.

According to Christian tradition, virgin Mary stopped here to drink from the spring, when she visited her cousin Elizabeth. Therefore, pilgrims used to tap these waters into bottles and take them back home as a holy souvenirs. A mosque, whose tower rises above the structure of the spring, was built over Mary’s spring in the 2nd half of the 19th century.


Photo Credit: Inma Álvarez

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