Sunday, June 23, 2013

Happy birthday John the Baptist!

Happy birthday (tonight and tomorrow) to John the Baptist!

Here is the pretty fence that keeps pilgrims from falling down toward the opening in the mountain from which flows spring water.
I took the picture from below, after drinking a few handfuls of the cold water. 
John most probably used the same spring, Ein Habis.
In Arabic it means the Spring of the Hermit. 

Above the spring is the opening to the grotto where John used to live, according to Christian tradition.
You can see more pictures of the monastery in my previous posts about John.
To see John's happy birthday party in 2007 see here and here.


Spiderdama said...

Oh, it is so beautiful and gives me very good memories. Thanks for that you have shown me this place:-)

Wish you the best for this week ahead!

Cloudia said...

Another nice Jewish boy who is remembered :)

ALOHA from Honolulu
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VP said...

Happy Birthday St. John!

Petrea Burchard said...

There's something about seeing this place, that could really have been the home of this man, that is so compelling.

Robin said...

How lovely and cool the spring looks, like a tiny little oasis.

Kay said...

What a pretty place. Happy Birthday to John. :-)

crystal said...

Beautiful photo - it looks so cool and refreshing there :)

Hilda said...

Yet another fascinating post and something new for me to learn about. The gate and the landscaping are lovely too.

Petrea Burchard said...

Beautiful, Dina. Thank you.