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Jerusalem off the beaten path

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Jerusalem off the beaten path
There are, of course, many well-known places to see and visit in Jerusalem; but given its centuries of history, there remain other sites that have stayed off the tourist radar.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
 
Ein Kerem
Ein Kerem

The picturesque village of Ein Kerem, nestled in a valley near Jerusalem's southwestern suburbs, contains some holy Christian sites pertaining to John the Baptist and Mary. It is also a venue for classical music concerts and has restaurants known for al fresco dining.

Monastery of the Cross
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Monastery of the Cross

This ancient monastery was built on the site where some believe the tree from which the Cross of the Crucifixion came grew. It contains a beautifully preserved mosaic floor.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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St. George's Monastery
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St. George's Monastery

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.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Abu Ghosh
Abu Ghosh

This Christian Arab village just west of Jerusalem is a favorite among Israelis craving traditional Middle Eastern food served in bucolic surroundings.

Ein Hemed, Aqua Bella
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Ein Hemed, Aqua Bella

This lovely park, bisected by a clear stream and containing the ruins of an ancient Crusader castle, is a favorite spot for picnics.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours

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