As you know from yesterday's post, I recently walked through the hill country over to the village of Ein Kerem.
Enlarge the photo and you will see the Sisters of Sion convent surrounded by a big white wall.
For Monday Doorways I'll show you some of my favorite doors from the beautiful enclosed and peaceful place.
As the main entrance door says, Our Lady of Sion was built in 1861.
Back then Ein Kerem was an Arab village and we were all ruled by the Ottoman Turks.
This nice entrance is to one of the guesthouses.
Not sure what this door leads to . . . .
Near the cemetery, the nice old stones showing through.
A storage place with a heart carved in the shutters.
In the food garden, one of the few gateways through the thick outer wall.
Two French brothers who converted to Catholicism founded the orders of the Sisters of Zion and the Fathers of Zion and built this convent in Moslem Ein Kerem.
As the fine Jerusalem, Step by Step guidebook points out,
"The convent, built in surroundings hostile to Christians, looks like a fortress: high, thick walls, water reservoirs inside the grounds and a vegetable garden so that the nuns could grow their own food and withstand a siege."
I'll show you pictures of these elements in coming posts, inshallah.
This post is also for Our World Tuesday.