Moscovia Monastery – Ein Karem

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Background: The Moscovia Monastery, originally “Gorny Monastery,” was built at the end of the 19th century by the Russian Orthodox Church. It is now adopted its former nickname “Moscovia,” Arabic for “Moscow.” The monastery has two churches within its premises, including one with the iconic onion domes. It stands directly adjacent to the Church of the Visitation.

Impressions: We weren’t planning on going to the monastery until we saw the golden onion domes from a distance. The monastery is as peaceful as any monastery and has a distinct Russian flavor (a lot of icons). The best part is the great view of Ein Karem and the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on May 16, 2011.

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