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“In the middle of the Judean Desert”

St. George's Monastery
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Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem
Ranked #62 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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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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“In the middle of the Judean Desert”
Reviewed May 24, 2014

A 1600 years old monastery with a few Greek-Orthodox monks and nice views of the desert and a grotto where, the tradition says, the Prophet Elia lived for a while.

Visited May 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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“St. George - a special monastery.”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Not spectacular, not charming...
But full of positive energy.
Difficult to arrive, but unforgettable,

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“An Adventure near Jericho”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Okay you can easily find this fascinating desert monastery off of Route 1 from Jerusalem, but DO NOT attempt the approach via the road just outside Jericho along the Wadi Gelt unless you have a sturdy car, 4-wheel drive and nerves of steel to transit the single lane, broken pavement, no guardrail path that somewhat resembles a road. NOTE, leaving Route 90 or 1 you are entering the West Bank with very intimidating RED signage...suggesting if you are Israeli (we're Americans) your life may be a risk and it is against the law. We had absolutely no problems, but did pass Palestinian soldiers who asked us where we from and wished us "welcome".

The hike down to the monastery is actually along a road-wide paved path, lovely viewpoints. The Bedouins at the top range from persistent to annoying. One guy follow us with his donkey all the way down and yes, I did give up and pay for a ride backup for the experience (15 shekels). The monastery interior closes at 1 pm and we arrived at 1:05 oh well, I suspect the exterior is the best. Hardly anyone around, mostly Palestinian women and children sightseeing. Do walk up the 10 minute trail from the starting place to view the Monastery from farther above.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Carolyn L
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Even Yehuda, Israel
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

This 4th century monastery is a wonder amidst the dry remote surroundings about 20 km from Jerusalem. Built into the cliff wall, there is something magical about the moment you lay your eyes upon it. If you are in the area, don't miss the opportunity to visit. Even if you do not have the time, or are unable to make the hike to the monastery itself, it is still worth visiting the Wadi even if just to catch a glimpse of the monastery from afar.

Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas
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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
Thank Inez R
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