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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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Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem
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Unforgetfully peaceful and quiet place

As a part of a pilgrims of Russian Ecclesiastical mission we visited that unique place. Only way to get is by minibus as it in a middle desert on edge of a cliff with a little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Crawley, United Kingdom

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a part of a pilgrims of Russian Ecclesiastical mission we visited that unique place. Only way to get is by minibus as it in a middle desert on edge of a cliff with a little spring flowing at bottom of mount. Only men allowed on site and rules are stricked as on mount Athos. We venerated the holy relics... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Men only inside. The desert wilderness surrounding this site is beautiful and the views of the monastery are breathtaking. The inside is very monastic but very interesting as well. Also they only allow photographs on the outside balcony...none inside. The drive out there is a little scary if you stare out the window of your car, but it is worth... More 

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Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

we walked from Nabi Musa to St Saba Monastery via the Jerusalem Wilderness with amazing and excellent tour guide and team

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Our tour guide took us to see the monastery as the first part of our tour of the Bethlehem area. My wife and daughter could not enter but the area around it was beautiful. A region of desert canyons. The monks were eating when we arrived and did not open at our ringing of the bell. They later came. I... More 

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Shelbyville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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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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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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