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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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Make sure you can get inside the monastery but worth the walk down none the less

This is very interesting to see and there are trails in the area if you are interested in some desert hiking. We were not able to enter the monastery because it was only open to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2016
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is very interesting to see and there are trails in the area if you are interested in some desert hiking. We were not able to enter the monastery because it was only open to pilgrims but seeing the monastery from the outside was also well worth the trip. We drove here on our own, not with a tour group.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The monastery is a breathtaking construction in the rocks deep down in a valley. We stopped by on our way from Bethlehem to Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is absolutely worth going there. If you would like to walk all the way down to the monastery, it, of course, will require a lot more time than just passing by... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

It was interesting seeing the wadi. There were men with their goats in the valley as well as people walking the road to Jericho. (Women need to have a skirt covering their knees. A wrap/pashmina over pants works.) It was interesting to see where and how the monks lived many centuries ago. The church is lovely and there are are... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Very special place dates 1550 years ago founded as one of the first lauras in the Judea desert by St George Corbitis,later the Bishoph of Cesarea The monastery has three levels quite long but very nivce trecking take plenty iof drinking water hat good walking shoes and clothing feeting the Greek Monastery

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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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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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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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York, United Kingdom
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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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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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