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Monastery of the Cross

Rehavia Valley, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2-679-0961
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This ancient monastery was built on the site where some believe the tree from which the Cross of the Crucifixion came grew. It contains a beautifully preserved mosaic floor.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
15 Jun 2017
“I was disappointed”
12 Nov 2016
“Well worth a trip to the Monastery of the Cross”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rehavia Valley, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2-679-0961
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

I had high exceptions, having read on the Internet before it was a hidden gem. I got there, and I paid 15 NIS entrance fee. The gentleman who was manning the entire place couldn’t speak English well but he told me that everything was written...More

Thank Veronika P
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Monastery of the Cross is a Greek Orthodox Medieval Monastery built as a fortress. Look for the door on the left side of the church, this door leads to the room that is over the spot where the Holy tree is said to have...More

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Built by the GEORGIAN King,on a site donated to Georgia on the Fourth Century by the Byzanthine Emperor Konstantinus when Georgia became christian,Built in the valley of the Holy Tree used by the Romans for the Cross of Jesus,The place of the famous Georgian poet...More

1  Thank airport2015
Reviewed 21 February 2016

An amazingly built like a fortress monastery in the heart of Jerusalem. The site from where tradition says the wood for the Crucifixion came from.

1  Thank Tal122
Reviewed 24 January 2016

It didn't take very long to visit, but worth a stop. I don't think it is one of the more important destinations, but still interesting.

Reviewed 15 November 2015

The monastery lies below the Rechavia neighborhood in what is called The Valley of the Cross, below the Israel Museum. The interior is completely unexpected. There are many frescoes, icons, there is silver artwork, but no pomposity at all. The whole interior exudes piety and...More

Thank dancing-freak
Reviewed 2 November 2015

This Georgian Orthodox monastery is famous for its fresco depicting the medieval Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli. There's a small museum next to the church. The admission fee is NIS 15.

Thank Ron S
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Beautiful, peaceful monastery belonging to the Ortodox church. As it is situated outside the Olds city it's not visited by too many tourists and it's possible to enjoy the spirit of the place. Very holy to the believers from Georgia.

Thank francoise5
Reviewed 24 July 2015

We were lucky to be able to ensure we got in to the monastery. Being interested in all p!aces of worship it was good to have the experience if this place. It reminded me in some ways of St Catherine's monastery in Egypt but it...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 16 March 2015

We attempted to visit this site at opening hours on March 3rd. We waited half an hour during opening hours and no one would open the doors. Another man who was waiting with us had called the local Greek Bishop to make sure they would...More

1  Thank Tampa_Turtle
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