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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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  • As a part of a pilgrims of Russian Ecclesiastical mission we visited that unique place. Only way to get is by minibus as it in a middle desert on edge of a cliff with a little spring flowing at bottom...  more »
  • The visit the Saba monastery is worth in any case. The monastery is located in the desert. It is easy to reach by car. A shuttle bus goes. Usually from the St. Theodosius monastery. And otherwise you can easily drive from Bethelehm taxi to the monastery. You should take necessarily time to wander around the monastery. And correspondingly good shoes / sneakers and enough to bring water. The scenery is very beautiful in this area.
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  • This site is beautiful but the presence of local people asking for money to keep the car or to make the visit is rather painful.
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