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Mar Saba Monastery

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Address: Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Founded in the 5th century, this Greek Orthodox monastery is considered the...

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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One Day Tour: St George Monastery, Wadi Qelt Jericho, Mar Saba and Bethlehem
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Middle of the Wilderness

This was a very interesting Monastery in the middle of the wilderness. I must warn though that only men are allowed inside the Monastery. If you have the time, it is worth a few... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Shelbyville, Indiana

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Shelbyville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting Monastery in the middle of the wilderness. I must warn though that only men are allowed inside the Monastery. If you have the time, it is worth a few hours to get to the place and do the tour, but if you are a female traveler I would think twice about going all the way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Away from the crowded streets in Bethlehem a monastery on the edge on the desert is standing still. Only men are allowed to go in during visitation opening hours but women can still enjoy the view outside.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

From the parking lot there is a path that begins to the left of the Monastery and takes you down stairs...if your up for a lovely walk (though it can be full sun) I encourage you to take this trail. It will take you near the stream...very close to the caves (and you can connect to another path that goes... More 

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1 Thank Ann C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

amazing g views from the outside. the history and the story of miracle that took place are interesting but as we could only view it from outside I can't give it 5 stars even though i understand that its their right to refuse women entry it still irks me.

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1 Thank tonitravelbuddy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

is a Greek Orthodox monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley at a point halfway between the Old City of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, within the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. great to Visit the place as a group, bus, car ... but once you need to be carefull when you are a small group if you need to go... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

When we arrived, the monastery was closed, so we explored the landscape around. You can exploe the caves around, just go to the top of a mountain and observe how the Bedouin men guide their flocks. When we left, we realized we had no cell phone service to call for a ride back. But Shepherd invited us to his tent,... More 

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Thank KarolaRS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

There is something about that place.. Kinda peaceful and spiritual vibes that can change your mood for real. If you have been in Bethlehem you must make a visit

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1 Thank Hussein K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing location,in the middle of no where still preserve its landscape as it was 2000 years ago.It is worth to walk around.

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Genzano di Roma, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Very easy to go by your rent car to Mar Saba but you need local guide . I had my guide and he helped me a lot to find the place . It's beautiful and old . I went in side and I saw the building from inside but pictures are not allowed .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Went to see the Mar Saba monastery on a jeep trip. You can only access the monastery in a 4x4. Also you cannot enter the monastery - at least women cannot!! However, Mar Saba monastery is amazing as you suddenly come across it while traveling through the Judean Desert. The site of the monastery across the Wadi is spectacular and... More 

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