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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  • August 1, 2017
    George Khozevita monastery-one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Part of the extant buildings belongs to the 6th century. In the 12th century was destroyed, rebuilt in the 19th century. Belongs to the Greek Church and its standards sufficiently large-5 inhabitants. A beautiful temple with interesting iconostasis. The main thing here is the cave where the Prophet Elijah lived for three years of drought and where Raven brought him food. Here Joachim vymalival yourself and Anne child, and got a message from Angela about the upcoming birth of the Virgin. The monastery was preserved and put on display the collection of old kitchen appliances-coffee grinders, melenok, etc. are usually on the table offers refreshments-coffee, biscuits or chocolate with nuts. Because the monastery is not Catholic, all free:) But to live them at the expense of anything you want, so submit notes on health/repose, support the monastery! The place is fairly remote, go on foot on heat long with sharp climbs and descents, so expect strength and bring water. Kind of like the terraces of the monastery and the monastery itself exciting.
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  • June 24, 2017
    First go to the point from where you have a nice view on the pasted against the mountain monastery. From the parking lot it is a the walk Hill easy, the way back is heavier, but doable. Children offer donkeys to that allows you to the monastery/parking can drive.
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  • March 25, 2017
    This monastery, without a doubt, is one of the finest pearls in the casket of Israeli's sights. Despite the widespread presence of signs of modern technology, the modesty, simplicity and form of build...  more »

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