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Stella Maris

Stella Maris' name, which means “star of the sea,” comes not from the beautiful Mediterranean view of Mount Carmel, but from an ancient epithet for Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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The nineteenth-century Carmelite church and monastery of Stella Maris is perched at the western edge of Mount Carmel, atop the bayside city of Haifa, high over the Mediterranean. Its name, which means “star of the sea,” comes not from the beautiful view, but from an ancient epithet for Mary, the mother of Jesus.
 
The Carmelites have lived in the area since medieval times, and are known for their warm welcome to people of all faiths. Their church has a beautifully painted dome and a magnificent altar over a cave Elijah is said to have inhabited. The European atmosphere here is augmented by a monument in the garden to Napoleon’s soldiers, who took shelter here after the battle for nearby Acre in 1799. A small museum on the premises displays interesting antiquities. And just across the street is one of Haifa’s major attractions – a cable-car that takes visitors on a fascinating ride down and up the mountain.

Sites & Attractions

The Bahai World Center on Haifa's Mount Carmel consists of nineteen terraced gardens an...
Hecht Museum in Haifa University was founded in 1984 by Dr. Reuven Hecht. the museum is...
Museum dedicated entirely to Japanese art. The museum's collection consists of over 7,0...
Museum presenting the annals of the Ha’apala (clandestine immigration) operations desig...
Museum housed in the original Technion building in Haifa featuring over 400 hands-on ex...
Museum presenting the history of shipping in the Mediterranean basin, Red Sea and Nile ...

Accommodations

hotel Nof is located on top of Mount carmel, and all his rooms face the Haifa Bay and t...
The Port Inn is located in downtown Haifa, in a restored arabic building ,close to Haif...
. The Colony Hotel Haifa is situated in the German Colony, the restored historic cente...
http://www.bethshalom.co.il/ with 30 double-occupancy rooms with an option to add a chi...
Christian Sites