Mount of Temptation Monastery, Jericho

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Perched upon a sheer cliff face, Mount of Temptation Monastery looks out over panoramic views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and dramatic surrounding mountains. Regarded by the Orthodox church as the spot where the devil once tempted Jesus during the latter's 40-day fast, the site has existed in some form since 6 CE, developed and reconstructed over thousands of years. Ride the cable car or hike the steep 400 m (1312.3 ft) incline to the summit. Once there, wonder at the impressive carving of the monastery, cut directly into the cliff face some 350 m (1148.9 ft) above sea level. A restaurant and souvenir shop offer welcome shade and refreshment from the heat of the day. Make Mount of Temptation Monastery a centerpiece of your Jericho vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Jericho travel itinerary planner.
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  • This walk was amazing! It is quite a steep climb and hard in the heat but it is well worth it. The views are the top were incredible and the peace on entering the monastery is amazing.  more »
  • the view of the monastery on the edge of the mountain as we approached it via the cable car was awesome, then walking through the monastery itself was even more amazing. This was the most memorable pl...  more »
  • We walked up the stairs to this monastery, which proved to be good exercise! If you struggle in this regard, the views from the restaurant are as good. That said, you would miss seeing the monastery w...  more »