The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos

The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos, Jericho

The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos

The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos
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Ronnie P
Monterey, Tennessee59 contributions
Nov. 2019
The Monastery of St Gerassimos is a site to behold. In addition to decor that will captivate your interests and the skeletons on display, the place entirely reflects and reveals a different time place culture and life once lived- for the Lord. Every one should visit this place. It is unique from all the sites I've seen and one to remember!
Written 13 February 2020
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phenning2347
15527976106 contributions
Dec. 2019
...the 'monastery of the partridge', named for the once-common partridge native to the area. Charming and not to be missed.
There are some nice paintings of mother Mary feeding infant Jesus. According to tradition, the Holy Family rested here while fleeing to Egypt.
Also some beautiful floor mosaics. Knowing the story of Saint Gerasimos and the lion which he rescued will add to the appreciation of the monastery's charm and beauty. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 9 February 2020
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Carla B
Jericho, Palestinian Territories34 contributions
Sep. 2019
The religious orthodox community is welcoming and very kind. The place is a bit confusing, between old and new buildings, luxuriant plants and exotic animals, recently redone mosaics positioned in place of the ancients without distinction. The place has very ancient origins, with a beautiful church and a lower chapel, but very little remains of the ancient, and above all it is not clear what, but it is worth visiting.
Written 7 October 2019
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litanies
Patras, Greece156 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Another stop to the orthodox monasteries around Israel, a must see monastery, with a big statue of Alexander the Great too.
Written 17 June 2019
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S L
Calexico, CA564 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Family
We visited this site because our Jericho guide kind of encouraged us to visit here. We arrived here and found this site pretty interesting but too religious. The monasteries are always built very nice with great architecture and design but it was too religious for me when they had these guys skulls on display. The skulls belong to the martyrs (maybe of St. Gerassimo), that were first martyr in this area of Jericho. One thing I saw was people making line to kiss the glass where their skulls were on display. That for me is too religious. Kissing skulls is not something I would do, it kind of freaked me out. Overall Good site to visit, more so if you are Catholic, Greek orthodox, or are into any worship of saints.
Written 23 February 2019
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AntJa2704
Mainz, Germany162 contributions
Feb. 2019
The Greek Orthodox monastery of Deir Hajla is about 30 minutes by car thouth of Jericho commemorates St. Gerasimus, whose lavra was nearby. The history of the monastery is also linked to another Christian narrative. The Holy Family were said to have found refuge in a cave here during their flight from Herod the Great. An underground chapel was built on the spot where the Holy Family is believed to have spent a night.
The founder allegedly is Gerasimus of the Jordan, or Holy Righteous Father Gerasimus of Jordan, also spelled Gerasimos or Gerasim. He was a Christian saint, monk and abbot of the 5th century AD. The site and the church are both in excellent conditions with wonderful mosaic floors from the mediaeval centuries. Worth a visit are the workshops that keep restoring the mosaics and all the other artefacts of the monastery.
Written 8 February 2019
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sharonaer
Jerusalem, Israel84 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Family
Saint Gerassimos monastery, aka Deir Hajle, can be easily spotted from the road descending from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea- a green island in the white desert surrounding it. This is a beautiful serene place where you can refresh and relax, discover the upper and lower (smaller) chapel, marvel the mosaic floors and enjoy the legend of Saint Gerassimos, the lion, the donkey etc. Entrance is free and there is ample parking space, but if you plan on using the tables for picnic, it will cost you 50 ILS per table.
Written 3 October 2018
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SanDiegoGuy1
San Diego, California379 contributions
Oct. 2017 • Solo
I agree with the other positive reviewers about this monastery.

Moreover, I especially enjoyed the quiet and solitude of the location and building. It was a time that I reflected on its place in human and Christian history.

Though not a major tourist destination like the location not far away where Jesus in reported to have been baptized by John the Baptist, or the Dead Sea. Still it is worthwhile to visit.
Written 4 September 2018
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scope_11
Ra'anana, Israel48 contributions
Jan. 2018 • Family
This is a Greek Orthodox monestry, with a beautiful church.
The original church, which was built in the 5th century, is now ruins located about 200m from the new church, which was renovated in 1890.

The church has a golden cape, nice mosaics and greek orthodox decorations.
The monestry is close to estuary of the Jordan River into the Dead Sea.

I recommend to visit this monestey as part of a day visiting several attractions in the northern part of the Dead Sea, such as, Qasr Al Yahud, the Good Samaritan Museum, The Qumran National Park, and Massada.

These are excellent attractions.
Written 20 January 2018
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Marina M
16 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Family
Amazing History to see the place where the Virgin Mary rested on her runaway from Bethlehem to Egypt with Joseph and baby Jesus.
Written 12 October 2017
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