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St. George's Monastery, Jerusalem

(4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
A historical church built on a cliff face overlooking the Judean desert, St. George's Monastery features a miraculous design incorporated into the rock of the desert valley. Originally built around 400 CE, it is now inhabited by Greek Eastern Orthodox monks who live in solitude and follow ancient religious practices. The church's interior contains a lavish display of icons, mosaics, and paintings. Access the monastery via the Dead Sea highway, and cross the Wadi Qelt pedestrian bridge (which many believe to be Psalm 23's "Valley of the Shadow"). Visitors are welcome, but be mindful of church customs. Put St. George's Monastery into our Jerusalem itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • very aggressive ' sellers ' but if you what to can laugh and dancing with them, yet cozy. donkeys are for small kids and the elderly. It's pretty steep. It's not 6-7 km as the sellers say. CA. 3 km is running. first down and then with or without donkey up. they ask 100 nis, but you can easily haggle to 50 (or less) by donkey.
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  • This monastery is truly a remarkable place to visit in the wilderness. The monks will be open to visitors but you must be respectful and dress conservatively. The women in our group covered our hair f...  more »
  • We did not go into the monastery but rather stopped across the ravine to look down. It truly looks like it's just hanging off the cliff and is quite scenic. Don't forget to look down into the Wadi to ...  more »