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Gallery: The Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel

The Church of the Visitation commemorates the visit paid by Mary upon Elizabeth (St John the Baptist’s mother) when each were pregnant, and is located upon the site where tradition tells us Mary first recited The Magnificat, one of the oldest hymns to Mary on record. The original church upon the site was erected under the order of Helena of Constantinople, who identified the site as the home of Zechariah, and place where he and Elizabeth hid from King Herod’s soldiers.