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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  • We came to this Mountain and it was quiet a view. There are stores that you can shop for a great deals. You also can bargin the prices too. I bought a large suit case there for 40 bucks! The guy on th...  more »
  • On the mount is the monastery of the temptation (or "Qarantal"), a Greek Orthodox Temple. You can take the cable car which is located in the Centre of the city and from there make the journey through the mountain climbing more than 100 steps to reach the top. The monastery was identified by Augusta Helena of Constantinople as one of the "sacred sites" in his pilgrimage in 326 A.d. reaching the top requires some physical preparation and proper shoes that protect the ankles. We have seen people who failed to reach the goal. It is advisable to go with light clothing but to adequately cover the body because it is a holy site. The land on which the monastery was built was acquired by the Orthodox Church in 1874. The monastery around a chapel in a cave, which marks the stone where Jesus sat during his fasting in the desert was built in 1895. Place of reverence and prayer, be ready to go. It gets very hot. The Sun is intense but worthwhile. Two Orthodox monks living in the monastery. Don't miss the opportunity. In addition to the spirituality, the views of the city are impressive.
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  • Western women can be harassed. Watch out! Sorry for the long report, but what I went through was shocking and unexpected. I traveled to Israel now at the end of March 2017. I traveled with my husband and two more couples of friends. I and the other 2 women in our group were dressed in jeans, short sleeve shirts and jackets tied around his waist, discreetly to Western standards. The first Jeríco was not in the script but we decided to go. To get there we were in a shop in the foot on the Hill of temptation where buy cosmetics and there are two Brazilians nice working. Indicate the cable car to have the view from above. We went. Upon arriving at the site to buy tickets was only me and the rest of the group stayed at the entrance of the building. While she was out buying the tickets, joined a large group of boys, male children only, I believe that a school trip because there was no bus outside. Bought our tickets and turned toward the entrance of the building. I saw about 50 boys, aged between 10 and 14 years I think, everyone was looking at me too much and started talking to me in English and ask my name. I kept quiet and I was asking for a license to spend, and they gave me a license to spend, continued on the way. I insisted and I walked across the street and realized that remained on the road to touch me in my arms. WEIRD! but I went ahead and stood next to my husband. We turned it around in the building, climbed up to the teleferico and up. Getting there was another large group of boys only, very young, smoking cigarettes or hookah. When we got off the teleferico, many boys surrounded us and began asking our names and lay on our arms. I started to feel upset with that swarm of boys and I asked my husband who wouldn't stay out away from me. at each step, more kids around. We went up the hill towards the monastery which has at the top and I think there are some caves, but a friend of our group that was moving faster and reached the top before me, which didn't speak English came back saying we couldn't enter the monastery and not in caves, so we started to go down and come back. I believe that the information given by the friend is wrong, because I read reports of people who entered the monastery and caves. As I was upset with those boys, told the group "Let's go, I don't like these boys around us, it's strange," dai all agreed and we went back to cart the teleferico. Dai started the part sinister, our friends were in front of us, several boys entered after the couple of friends in front of us and began to touch our friend with the hands and arms, pull over in her arms, in her buttocks. I panicked and I had my husband getting behind me for one of them do the same to me, and the kids that were in front of me I stretched my arms and tried to drive them away. My husband even tried to fend off a few boys who were behind our friend, but these boys have ignored and continued touching her. Until we reach the line at the teleferico was watching this sad situation. Children harassing a grown woman. There were several men who saw who were residents of the region and none do anything or outlined any reaction, which leads me to believe that that type of situation would be "acceptable" for them. Afterward, we returned to the shop at the foot of the Hill of temptation and talked privately with one of the sellers is Brazilian, descendant of Arabic and reported what happened, he lamented what happened and said that this is not common. Told me that even though we're dressed discreetly to WESTERNERS, there all women cover their heads and walk with dresses or gowns that show nothing of the outline of their bodies, even their arms. He said that should the case of rude boys. I ordered the Brazilian ACE warned that Westerners that the Western clothing can generate a harassment. Anyway, I can't tell if this occurs or if it was a chance we were "drawn". During our stay in Israel there was no episode of this kind with us. On this visit to Jericho that is Palestinian territory, there was this unfortunate episode. I'm writing this here because I know that many women, like me, seek information on TripAdvidor. Therefore, I want to warn them, if you want to roam freely in Jericho, go to headscarf and clothes that cover arms, legs and show no contours. Because if I had this information before, or I would have gone all covered to avoid any attention, because there won't be decked out as the locals implies maybe be besieged as I went; or I wouldn't have gone to a place like that, because I felt insecure and was besieged by CHILDREN. If boys kids do this, what do grown men? I don't even want to think about.
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