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Address: Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as...
Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such, it is popular among hikers. The isolated Greek Orthodox monastery is carved into a cliff in the northeastern corner of the narrow canyon. The exterior is impressive; inside, the non-squeamish will marvel at the human reliquary.
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The Judean desert of temptation

While we did not go into the monastery as it's a long walk, you can see the site from a nearby mountain, and see where Jesus wandered in the desert and was tempted by the devil... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

While we did not go into the monastery as it's a long walk, you can see the site from a nearby mountain, and see where Jesus wandered in the desert and was tempted by the devil. Truly a marvelous location.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

we have traveled the waddi, and entered a peaceful and ancient monastery. If you are hiking in the area, you must visit. DO NOT forget to bring long clothing in order to enter the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We were on a tour in Israel and our tour guided drove us to the Monastry as a surprise. It was amazing. The site was peaceful and beautiful. There were people with donkeys taken tourist across to the Monastry, as the walk will take about 45 minutes and yes it is very hilly. We will go there next year when... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We have been there today at very hot day. Winding path is hard especially when it is hot. After all the struggle so called "nice" monks did not let us in because we did not wear long pants, but rather long shorts. Did not even let us have water...... Beware

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Quite hard to be reached but very nice place. I suggest to stop the car 1km before the snakeroad there is an Hill with a cross on top. From there you have a fabulous panorama on the monastery and related canion

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It has a history going way back and has to be seen. This Greek Orthodox church is perched in an arid gorge but is away from prying eyes but is so special and should be seen

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a Greek Orthodox monastery dating back to the early Christian era, circa 4th century AD. It was destroyed by the Ottomans and then rebuilt. The picturesque monastery is set into the cliffside of a gorge overlooking Wadi Qelt, a stream bed that flows when there is water running down from the Jerusalem hills. Above the monastery is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

One of the best sites around the world. Very calm and tranquil. Worth the walk to get there and uphill climb back! Must be there by 12:30pm the latest to enter monastery! Special thanks to Rami (rgkamar@hotmail.com ; ph +972 547 646 557) for taking me and explaining the history of this and so many other beautiful sites.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I do not like this place, but you should go at least once in your life time. The line to the tomb can take hours if you go at the wrong time.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Located in the West Bank and a little bit off the beaten path, this is one of the most beautiful views in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The monastery dates back to the early Christian period and was part of a chain of monasteries in the Judean hills. After the long drive on a narrow road to find the place... More 

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