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Mar Saba Monastery, Bethlehem
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Reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the world, Mar Saba Monastery hangs over a ravine from a cliff edge. The desert monastery started out in the 5th century as a series of hermits' caves; later, the Greek Orthodox Church built the monastery here, dedicated to those early monks' leader, St. Sabas. Current churches, chapels, and cells date back to 1834, when the monastery was restored after an earthquake. Compare the austerity of the living quarters to the splendor of golden icons adorning the walls of the churches. In keeping with an old tradition, only men may enter the monastery, while women can view it from a tower, allegedly built by the saint's mother. Using our world travel planner, Bethlehem attractions like Mar Saba Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Lavra founded PDP. Savoy Sanctified in 5 century, 484 year. This amazing monastery in which was established the Charter Jerusalem, on which he lives and the Russian Orthodox Church
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  • Away from the crowded streets in Bethlehem a monastery on the edge on the desert is standing still. Only men are allowed to go in during visitation opening hours but women can still enjoy the view out...  more »
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