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Founded in the 5th century, this Greek Orthodox monastery is considered the oldest and one of the strictest in the Holy Land.
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Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed being here even though, as a woman, I had to stay outside. Very peaceful. Women may visit the the Ladies Tower but the steep climb was beyond me. The short drive after you leave the outskirts of Bethlehem was spectacular. Lots of pretty...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank WinstonSophie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cannot go in if you are a woman and if you are a man, by appointment only. Beautiful site. Very well kept. The oldest in Palestine. So worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank seetheworld010
Reviewed 7 September 2019

For men only to enter but monks brought relics outside for women to kiss. The monastery is open from 9am to 2 pm- most websites says it is open until 4pm - we were too late one afternoon! We went again at 9am. Unforgettable!!! If...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Alina S
Reviewed 3 May 2019 via mobile

A beautiful monastery, located in the hills outside of Bethlehem. St. Saba’s body is on display here. Please note that women cannot enter the monastery.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank nyackgirl47
Reviewed 30 April 2019

What a chance for me to see this unique place in the world!! If you are in Jerusalem during a orthodox Easter, the best way to visit this holly place is to find a group of piligrims from Greece, Serbia or any other orthodox country....More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank Rrudan
Reviewed 23 April 2019

Had our guide not brought us here I don't think I would have even seen it from the road. It is hidden into the mountain side and is most visible if you walk around and look at it from the back side. It takes about...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank healthspacritic
Reviewed 31 March 2019

30+ min drive from Bethlehem into the Palestinian territories. The road is narrow and not suitable for a coach bus. The area is beautiful, ancient and mystic. It's a greek orthodox monastery, I thin Women from all religions are not allowed inside (it's a man...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Desislava Z
Reviewed 22 February 2019

getting here is not easy--you need to arrange a special driver to take you down to the monestary as the road is very steep and very, very windy. You don't really visit the monestary, but view it and the ravine with the caves which are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank cookpias
Reviewed 15 February 2019

It has been our second visit to this very ancient and unique monastery. Greek orthodox monks are the residents here. No females allowed in. Official language is Greek, though you can exchange words in English, Arabic, Russian, Romanian languages as available at the moment you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 587deebd
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Breathtaking views, one can go hiking around the monastery. Biking as well. I must see location in Palestine

Date of experience: January 2019
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1 February 2019|
Response from nestle diane p | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can in wadi qelt but there is no border Wadi qelt,unlike in mar saba where you will need to pass the border,and the people there is arab palestinian,so i dont think so if it is advisable for you wherein in the... More
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Response from jasonmataram | Reviewed this property |
We hired a taxi in Bethlehem where we were staying. We went to Herodion and Marsaba. The road is fine. Like you we had no idea about anything. I think we paid 120 shekel including the wait. There is an awesome guy who lives... More