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History of the Rosary Sisters Convent, Ein Kerem
The Rosary Convent in Ein Karem was built and given to reside the first Rosary nuns in 1885. In 1910 in the town of Ein-Karem quite close to the Sanctuary of the visitation, the house of Danil Ghattas family owned a property there where they liked to spend the holidays seasons. In 1917 the superior decided to transform the house into an orphanage type of work,and it was Mother Marie Alphonsine who was charged with this foundation. She left Jerusalem and at the age of 74 she was again in the country-house Ein-Karem where she loved as a child to spend her holidays. She was no less happy now to be back there to give her last strength and efforts to the service of charity.
The convent was then used as an orphanage, cared for and maintained by a community of nuns headed by Sister Hanneh, and her aid Sister Agatha. In 1999, the convent was renovated and expanded to include a guesthouse located in one of the most serene and picturesque locations in the area: Ein Karem.
This very charming guesthouse offers 11 very quaint and comfortable rooms with rates beginning at approximately $150 per night for a double with breakfast.
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Ein Karem offers a wonderful weekend of sightseeing. In addition to the Church of the Visitation, the 3rd most holiest site to Catholics in the Holy Land there a number of other attractions await. The charming tree-lined streets boast a number of artists galleries, workshops, coffee houses, restaurants and even a special chocolate workshop called Sweet N'Karem. Several churches can be explored along with a beautiful park and outdoor cafes.
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