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St. George's Monastery

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Address: Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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 views are even better than the pictures or from the other side of the ravine before you get there!

Anything I write or describe about the view from the monastery once you finally arrive after a rather challenging trip down into the gorge and back up to the monastery, could not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Anything I write or describe about the view from the monastery once you finally arrive after a rather challenging trip down into the gorge and back up to the monastery, could not do justice to what you will be able to see, especially on a clear day. You can see the Dead Sea to the south and Jerusalem to the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove up to wadi qilt where you get the view seen in the photograph above. It is quite a spectacle nestled in a deep valley in the dessert. I have to say I was not prepared for the sight as we climbed up from the road. Not sure how you would get here if not on a tour but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I have not been inside the monastery, but have gotten quite close from the other side of Wadi Qilt. The TV antenna is quite out of place

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cliffside park, nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The guide took us there as a surprise on the Massada/Dead Sea tour. The sudden view of an ancient monastery in the gorge is just so beautiful, it gives you pause. Very solemn site, frozen history, yet still functional today. Mind boggling how this structures were erected in the 6th century and survived unscathed. You see local vendors at the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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adelaide australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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Roma, Italia
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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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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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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

Thank Michael H

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