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St. George's Monastery

Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #18 of 180 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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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Jerusalem, Israel
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104 reviews 104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 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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8 helpful votes 8 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 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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