Heaven in Earth, in the middle of nowhere - in the Judean desert this wonderful monastery is a corner of heaven, the peace, the silence, the sites are just breathtaking. The only small problem is that women are not allowed in the monastery and they have a special place named the Tower of Women from where they can see the inside of the monastery. Monks are very nice, will welcome anyone that will like to visit and pray, a small contribution in mandatory. It's amazing how they can live without any electricity, running water, hot water, AC in the summer temperatures can reach 45 Celsius /shade. Best time to visit November till May. June July August Sept to be avoided to hot. Also the trip from Jerusalem or Bethlehem is fantastic :)) roads are narrow but the view is incredible. Also make sure you visit St Theodosius Monastery another gorgeous monastery, located at the edge of the desert. Photos in Mar Saba or in English -The Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified - are not permitted in the church, monks will let you take a photo at the Kidron Valley but not inside the Church. Fridays the monastery is closed to visitors and the program is from 8 am till sundown, in the winter around 15.30 closes. If you have the opportunity visit the monastery it's worth it.
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