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Address: Wadi Qilt | West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel
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09:00 - 13:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such,...

Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such, it is popular among hikers. The isolated Greek Orthodox monastery is carved into a cliff in the northeastern corner of the narrow canyon. The exterior is impressive; inside, the non-squeamish will marvel at the human reliquary.

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One Day Tour: St George Monastery, Wadi Qelt Jericho, Mar Saba and Bethlehem
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A welcoming beauty

I came here as part of a full day hike through Wadi Qelt. They are SO welcoming here, willing (and wanting!) to answer questions. Women need to be dressed modestly but aren't made... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here as part of a full day hike through Wadi Qelt. They are SO welcoming here, willing (and wanting!) to answer questions. Women need to be dressed modestly but aren't made to feel unwelcome, as can sometimes be the case. The trail leading to the beautiful pools of Wadi Qelt is not for beginners and is sometimes considered... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The drive to the top to see the view is a beautiful drive. We drove to see the Monastery...we thought it closed at 7pm however we were told that the hours the day we stopped in were 8-1pm. From the parking area it is a short walk to see the view of the Monastery. There are locals selling necklaces and... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We saw the monastery from a nearby lookout and got explanations from our tour guide. Incredible story.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Michael Jakeman was our tour guide for the day and he was excellent. He gave an unbiased view of living in Palestine as a christian which we appreciated as it was our first day in the area and we did not know what to expect. St George's monastery was our first stop and what a way to start! The climb... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We parked on the car park and walked down the steep hill winding down the side of the high cliffs. It is safe waking down but it is very steep and not recommended for the very young or old. Make sure you take water down with you! The Monastery was closed when we got there bit the walk and building... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is very interesting to see and there are trails in the area if you are interested in some desert hiking. We were not able to enter the monastery because it was only open to pilgrims but seeing the monastery from the outside was also well worth the trip. We drove here on our own, not with a tour group.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

The monastery is a breathtaking construction in the rocks deep down in a valley. We stopped by on our way from Bethlehem to Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is absolutely worth going there. If you would like to walk all the way down to the monastery, it, of course, will require a lot more time than just passing by... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

It was interesting seeing the wadi. There were men with their goats in the valley as well as people walking the road to Jericho. (Women need to have a skirt covering their knees. A wrap/pashmina over pants works.) It was interesting to see where and how the monks lived many centuries ago. The church is lovely and there are are... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Very special place dates 1550 years ago founded as one of the first lauras in the Judea desert by St George Corbitis,later the Bishoph of Cesarea The monastery has three levels quite long but very nivce trecking take plenty iof drinking water hat good walking shoes and clothing feeting the Greek Monastery

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

The monastery is amazing from the outside. The road to get to it is a little demanding, since it's very steep. However, it takes around 15 minutes walking to get to it. Is highly recommended to see a different scenario from Israel

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