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one of my favorite churches in the Holy Land

definitely worth a stop. Beautiful Greek Orthodox Church that has been the site of numerous... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2019
Atlanta, GA
If you have the time, it’s worth going out of your way to visit!

The place is known now as Nablus, biblically Sychar or Shechem in the land of Damaria. Last time I... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 January 2019

definitely worth a stop. Beautiful Greek Orthodox Church that has been the site of numerous attacks by people who think the site should not be Christian. Present monk has done virtually all of the icon writing, mosaic work, etc. that you see on site. beautiful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

The place is known now as Nablus, biblically Sychar or Shechem in the land of Damaria. Last time I was here, 12-15 years ago, there were no walls nor ceiling, hence no icons in the church. It is a fascinating Greek Orthodox Church, watched over...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PortAzor
Reviewed 24 September 2018

It is full of beautiful plants and trees unlike the dry climate of Nablus. The ancient story behind the well and retelling of the more recent unfortunate murder of the priest make this a place worth visiting. You don't need a guide because there are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Must see - historic and inspiring. Learnt so much, about Palestine and the artisan craft of soap making.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Jacob's Well and the Orthodox church built over it is off the beaten path so if you arrive at the right moment, you are likely to have the site completely to yourself. It is a refreshingly beautiful oasis in the midst of the arid hills...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Located in the Eastern Orthodox monastery of Bir Ya'qub, Jacob's Well, since at least the 330s AD, has been identified as the place where Jesus held his conversation with the Samaritan woman. It is a quite, lovely place, surrounded by walls. The church is ornate,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

I have been to Jacob's Well twice, first in August 2016, and then in August 2017. In my second visit, the place was empty except for the priest, my sister, and I. It opens at 9am till 12pm, and then reopens from 2 to 4...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank AdityaDas_13
Reviewed 14 July 2017

On our tour group's drive through Samaria we stopped at St. Photini Church, a Greek Orthodox church located in Nablus, Palestine. The church is built over Jacob's Well. The well is in the lower crypt of the church. Another review states that no photos are...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank kekenkel
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Jacob's Well is easy to reach from the center of Nablus. From the bottom of the mall you can take a shared taxi to "Beerr ya3qoob" - it will cost 2.5 shekels. The well is located inside a church with a beautiful and peaceful garden....More

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank barbaragt
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This church is set within a well groomed and beautiful garden. The church is full of plenty to see. The stairs down to Jacob's Well are a bit steep, but worth the short trip down. No photos are allowed once inside the "well" area. It's...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Response from PortAzor |
Father Justinus, the monk who is usually around the church, painted all the Icons as well as doing the mosaic of the Crucifixion.
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It is very easy to get there. In the city center there is the central shared taxi building, from where you can take a shared taxi of 4 passengers. It goes to Balata camp, just tell the taxi driver that you want to go to... More