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St. George's Monastery

Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #17 of 168 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Jerusalem, Israel
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186 reviews 186 reviews
35 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Located close to Jericho in the West Bank, at the foot of the cliffs surrounding the Wadi Qelt river bed, St George is the most impressive of all the desert monasteries in Palestine. Only Mar Saba, near Bethleem, can compete. The view on St George from the top of the mountain is one of the most beautiful sights in the... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Imagine you are walking on a path through the desert; all of a sudden, you come around a corner, and in the dry parched wilderness, you spot an oasis of green, with water. That is St. George's Monastery. Heaven on earth. I just am leery of the burial chamber with the bones and skulls of former monks.

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Jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

I have visited the St. George Greek Orthodox Monastery on a number of occasions. To get there, entering from the main Jerusalem – Jericho highway, one turns left at Mitspe Yericho. This leads to the old Roman route that runs parallel to Wadi Kelt, a valley that cuts through the Judean desert from Jerusalem to Jericho. The winding road happens... More

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