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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
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Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such,...

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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Very interesting place and location

The monastery is amazing from the outside. The road to get to it is a little demanding, since it's very steep. However, it takes around 15 minutes walking to get to it. Is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Alicia R
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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The monastery is amazing from the outside. The road to get to it is a little demanding, since it's very steep. However, it takes around 15 minutes walking to get to it. Is highly recommended to see a different scenario from Israel

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Thank Alicia R
London
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423 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We hired a car and drove to St Georges on Christmas Eve. As soon as we got out of the car we were mobbed by vendors selling souvenirs, they also tried to sell us donkey rides to the monastery which is several hundred meters down in a deep gorge. We said no very firmly, but a guy with a donkey... More 

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Thank Wilcoxm51
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Came here otw to Amman for flight home. Drop by at a look out point for breathtaking view of an Impressive cliff hanging greek monastery where it was thought that Elijah hid in a cave and was fed by ravens. Nice! If only we had time for picnic. Heard it's open to pilgrims.

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Thank Belinda L
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

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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Thank evans81051
York, United Kingdom
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371 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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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Thank Yorkie137
Jerusalem
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 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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Thank avmlevi
cliffside park, nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank ldjs
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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350 reviews
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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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Thank TolerantTraveler
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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Thank Yonatan P
adelaide australia
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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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