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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. 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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  • The drive to the top to see the view is a beautiful drive. We drove to see the Monastery...we thought it closed at 7pm however we were told that the hours the day we stopped in were 8-1pm. From the pa...  read more »
  • Coming back from the dead sea to Jerusalem, we decided to visit the monastery of St. George. This interesting object recommended audioguide Easy Travel. Is this an object near the town of Jericho. Here you can enter Highway No. 1. For those who will get yourself the GPS coordinates: 31.844489, 35.414153. What is so interested in us this monastery. Probably, most notably its unusual location. It is located in the Gorge of Wadi Kelt. A small rivulet Celt broke their way in here. Gorge turned noble, and the river continued its course until flowing into the Jordan River. On one of the steep rock, like a nest not the monastery. The first settlers in this place have appeared at the beginning of the century. These were Syrian hermit monastery Itself was founded in 5-6 century AD. Cells for monks served the caves and now preserved. Water and food were served there using ropes. The monastery was built in a rock crevice. The current building was built in the late 19 century. Inside the chapel of John Khozevita and George Khozevita is the oldest part of the monastery, its floor mosaic preserved VI-VII centuries. Here, on the walls, traces of painting of the 12th century. Upstairs you can get into the Church of the Prophet Elijah. The course leads to the cleft in the rock, where the iron fence stand icons and throne to commit the liturgy. It is here that according to legend for more than three years, lived the Prophet Elijah, obeying the commandment of the Lord. To get to the monastery was not so easy. First had to wait for service. Then when logging was the strict dress code for women. The excursion itself more memorable views of the Valley and Monastery outside. Inside the monastery could not get anywhere. More memorable views. And finally there was the most difficult attraction-rise to the parking lot. For the lazy local Bedouins offer asses.
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  • We saw the monastery from a nearby lookout and got explanations from our tour guide. Incredible story. 
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