By tradition, the village of Ein Kerem is the birthplace of St John the Baptist. It is five miles from Jerusalem.
The area of Ein Kerem, (known to the ancient Hebrews as Beit Kerem), was renamed Arene (the mountainous) by the Romans. The Crusaders called it Montana, because it stands hidden in the highest Judean Hills.
Ein Kerem is firmly identified with the City of Judah, where John the Baptist was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah.
See The My Holy Land Website