St. George's Monastery, Jerusalem

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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. To visit St. George's Monastery and other attractions in Jerusalem, use our Jerusalem sightseeing planning tool .
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  • This greek Onorhodox monastery built in the cliffs is an unbelievable sight and a wonder by itself. Our guide stated that there are only 4 monks and that they only speak for an hour every day.  more »
  • Worth seeing it from the Gorge, across the street... it was a surprise that we didn't expect. Lost in the middle of nowhere.
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  • Wadi Qilt is a place to visit on the way to Jericho. The terrain is amazing, and even thought this place is off the beaten path, it worth taking the road less travelled.  more »

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