Ein Kerem - Birthplace of John the Baptist
The village of 'En Kerem is situated to the west of Jerusalem. It is nice, green and hilly. Here is found the Grotto of the Birth of St. John. On the lintel is a Latin inscription "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people" (Luke 1:68)---the first words of the prophecy uttered by Zacharias at the birth of his son. The full text is written in many languages on walls of the courtyard.