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St. George's Monastery

Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #22 of 181 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Educational Sites, Caverns/ Caves
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such, it is popular among hikers. The isolated Greek Orthodox monastery is... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I started from Herod's Palace (I walked from town center to Herod's Palace) and walked through Wadi Qelt today. I was the only tourist throughout the whole course...the Gaza war has successfully deterred a lot tourists from coming. It was in general a trail with medium difficulty. I held in one hand an umbrella over 90% of the time (I... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Easy access by car via Jerusalem, the final path was to be made by foot. Bring water and sun screen. When you arrive at the monastery you will be received with free drinks. Beware that it just opens in the morning.

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Tampa, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We arrived at St. George's Monastery on a Saturday around 12:30 but did not make it down the cliff in time before it closed at 1:00. Part of this was because we were harassed by some local trinket sellers upon parking the car. This was a little disappointing - not sure why it closed to early. The walk down was... More

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Jerusalem
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A 1600 years old monastery with a few Greek-Orthodox monks and nice views of the desert and a grotto where, the tradition says, the Prophet Elia lived for a while.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Not spectacular, not charming... But full of positive energy. Difficult to arrive, but unforgettable,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Okay you can easily find this fascinating desert monastery off of Route 1 from Jerusalem, but DO NOT attempt the approach via the road just outside Jericho along the Wadi Gelt unless you have a sturdy car, 4-wheel drive and nerves of steel to transit the single lane, broken pavement, no guardrail path that somewhat resembles a road. NOTE, leaving... More

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Even Yehuda, Israel
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This 4th century monastery is a wonder amidst the dry remote surroundings about 20 km from Jerusalem. Built into the cliff wall, there is something magical about the moment you lay your eyes upon it. If you are in the area, don't miss the opportunity to visit. Even if you do not have the time, or are unable to make... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I was there two weeks ago. I enjoyed your write up on it. It was a breath- taking experience. This has been helpful as to relive the memories. Thanks

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This place is a haven. OK, not at the very beginning, at the top of the road where a group of young Bedouins are hassling you to purchase their goods. The walk down to the Wadi bed is a little hard. A very steep decent. The place itself is breathtaking and the holy atmosphere is deep. Walk around the place... More

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Make the turn off and drive up a winding and not too well marked road to one of two overlooks and you will be glad that you did. It is a beautiful view of the wadi and the incredible monastery built into the side of the cliff. If you decide to hike there or to Jericho make sure that you... More

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