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“Breathtakingly beautiful, the most impressive of all the desert monasteries in Palestine”

St. George's Monastery
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Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem
Ranked #63 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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 entire Middle-East. The monastery itself is well worth the visit, it's atmospheric and the Greek monks are rather friendly, welcoming both men and women until more or less one hour before dark.

You can walk down the steep steps leading to the Greek monastery to visit it (hiring a donkey from a Bedouin is an option). You can also also walk along Wadi Qelt with a stop at St George, it's the most beautiful hike in Palestine.

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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.

5  Thank BunclodySenator
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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 to be also the setting of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Driving down the meandering road one stops – en route to Jericho - at the sign. There is a breathtaking view from above the wadi of the St. George Greek Orthodox Monastery built into the side of the deep wadi.

There is quite a descent down and then a climb up to get to the monastery which may not be easy for the elderly. Inside, the monks are very helpful, and of course there is no charge to enter (but if you wish to make a small donation you may). There is water and sometimes refreshments available. There are some very nice icons and what one would expect to find in a monastery.

Above the monastery, up the steep steps, runs an aqueduct along the route of the ancient aqueduct from Jerusalem to Jericho and it is highly recommended to take this route for a hike, either in the direction towards Jericho or up the wadi to an old flour mill where Bedouin live in Wadi Kelt. But for this one must have water and be ready for a long hike of perhaps two hours or more. (Once there, there is a pool. It would take another hour to ascend up out of the wadi). In the summer months this can be very hot, but I have done it a lot. The area is quiet and peaceful and for those who like getting off the beaten track it’s a must!

Incidentally, it's possible to get to the monastery also from Jericho via the Wadi Al-Qelt road.

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