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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...more
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can handle a tough walk (up and down on a well-maintained path) then go on this tour. It's free! Stunning views. Interesting site. Very interesting to see the monks (I didn't know much about Orthodox Christians). The Arab vendors and donkey handlers are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

St. Georges sits in a wadi off the road to Jericho. It is in a nearly inaccessible place built into the side of the cliffs. It is a stunning work of construction and I have no idea how or why they did this. You have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RossM364
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Not far from Jerusalem you can reach the Judean desert where you can connect with the land, it's people and Invision the path that Jesus took up to the holy city or the Parable of the good Samaritan and bring the Bible to life. You...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Annie2007Memphis
Reviewed 19 June 2018

One will wonder what the mind can perceive that even during those olden times, they can build this monastery within the rock itself. Amazing.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank echoatan
Reviewed 14 June 2018

As a licensed tour guide, I bring guests here all the time. It is 10 minutes off the main road that leads from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. It was the main road to Jericho 75 years ago.The road take one to a trail that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Brian D
Reviewed 28 May 2018

There is an awesome view of the monastery from the opposite side of the wadi. You can access this from the entrance where you park your car. From there you can also see Jericho towards the east and also Jerusalem in the West. There is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Roy H
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Our family (two parents, three teens, and a ten year old) traveled from Jerusalem to the Ein Gedi area for a day of hiking. It was afternoon when we began our return to Jerusalem. I recalled that St. George's is in the Judean desert so...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ahuva613
Reviewed 16 February 2018

A "must see" attraction for the christian, especially the orthodox, of the Holy Land. Following the road to Jericho you "dive" into the Judean desert hermitage of the early fathers of christianity.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank APOSTOLOS-RAPHAEL
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Stopped at the top of the hill overlooking the monastery of St. George in Jericho, it looked awesome. Just did not pay a visit. The view from the top of the hill was good. Be careful of the hillside, many have fallen. Some peddlers here....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jay C
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

The monastery is not very close but worth your while. It is located at an impossible point where you wonder whether anybody can live. The monastery is at a quiet location where you can, when you are lucky, watch a Greek Orthodox Mass. after the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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In my opinion is better to go with a tour guide. The viewpoint is enough.
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2 December 2017|
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Response from George H | Reviewed this property |
From wikipedia Coordinates: 31°50′40″N 35°24′51″E / 31.8445°N 35.4141°E / 31.8445; 35.4141. St. George Orthodox Monastery, or Monastery of St. George of Choziba is a monastery located in Wadi Qelt, in the eastern West... More
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Response from George H | Reviewed this property |
Our twelve tour was booked with Catholic Travel Center in Burbank, California. Transportation was included in the tour and provided by Millennium Tours when we arrived in Tel Aviv. Our trip started around the Sea of... More
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