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Review of St. George's Monastery

St. George's Monastery
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Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem
Ranked #54 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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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.
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited November 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A most beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 (during visiting hour, of course) and you may also talk with the priests. Very hospitable. You can fill up your water bottles with excellent water before the climb up. The climb up is hard. You may take the offer of a "Donkey Cab" for about $15, but you can challenge yourself. I travel a lot, I hike a lot, and I had to stop twice on the way! Walk slowly and enjoy the view!

Visited November 2013
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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stop here if you are driving between Jerusalem and the dead sea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 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 do not go alone and talk with locals about security and safety issues.

Visited February 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Breathtakingly beautiful, the most impressive of all the desert monasteries in Palestine”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Shangrila in the Desert.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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