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  • Mary Burney

Israel – Haifa – Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel

I recently spent a week in Israel, with most of the trip being a travel agent educational trip…meaning we covered more territory and saw more than the average visitor to Israel.  Long days and lots of walking and it was totally worth it!  I would love to go back and spend more time at any of the sites we visited.

I’m going to start my Israel posts with the last day of the trip – a visit to Haifa.  Haifa is the city where my parents met and married while both of them were working at the US Consulate shortly after Israel became a state.

This building is Stella Maris Monastery (meaning Star of the Sea), on Mount Carmel and inside, enclosed as if a precious chest is the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This was built in 1836, over the ruins of an earlier church of the Byzantines times.  It is the church where my parents were married.

Teresa Ann Constable & John Banyas

Below are pix as the Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel looks today.