The picturesque village of Ein Kerem, nestled in a valley near Jerusalem's southwestern suburbs, contains some holy Christian sites pertaining to John the Baptist and Mary. It is also a venue for classical music concerts and has restaurants known for al fresco dining.
This ancient monastery was built on the site where some believe the tree from which the Cross of the Crucifixion came grew. It contains a beautifully preserved mosaic floor.
Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such, it is popular among hikers. The isolated Greek Orthodox monastery is carved into a cliff in the northeastern corner of the narrow canyon. The exterior is impressive; inside, the non-squeamish will marvel at the human reliquary.
This Christian Arab village just west of Jerusalem is a favorite among Israelis craving traditional Middle Eastern food served in bucolic surroundings.
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