Updated: Dec 26, 2022
The Gornymonastery complex (also called Gurnansky) is a magical area in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.
The area belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church in Israel.
The trip here is between groomed trails in an utterly European atmosphere. Everything is quiet, and you can hear the birds chirping. The central and most impressive part is the Russian Orthodox Church - golden Spiers on a beautiful structure. You can go inside, but you cannot take pictures inside. When you enter, you must keep quiet, and women must cover their hair. From the promenade that surrounds the church, you can look out over the whole area, and in the upper part, you can get a stunning view of the minarets and the entire church.
When you continue from there, you come to two more churches: the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Church of Jone the Baptist, next to a small souvenir shop. We heard the bells ringing in the tower when we were there, which added to the atmosphere. Walking through the entire complex is like being in a European bubble - there are manicured gardens on the sides, potted plants, lazy chubby cats that roam leisurely, and a lot of beauty. Along the way, you will see nuns - already at the entrance, they ask not to take pictures of them - respect the request.
Monday-Saturday 06:00 - 12:00, and 14:00 - 18:00
(closed on Sundays and Russian Orthodox Church holidays)