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St. George's Monastery

Address: Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #49 of 231 things to do in Jerusalem
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Religious sites, Colleges & universities, Caverns & caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Religious sites, Colleges & universities, Caverns & caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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 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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Galveston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You cannot believe what a trek it was for me to make it to St. George's Monastery, but it was worth it. By far the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Father Constantine is a great host and gave me a tour, gifts, and plenty of supplies to make it back. I wouldn't recommend this trip to my elderly... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The road towards the monastery is an inviting hike. Eager locals will offer you a donkey ride which may be an option if your legs can't take a little bit more exercise. Once up in the monastery, the view is breathtaking. It's easy to say, "I could live up here." The Orthodox monks are very friendly, and happy to offer... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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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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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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44 helpful votes 44 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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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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