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Mar Saba Monastery

Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful inside, marvelous sightseeing, free entrance, only men allowed. It's an orthodox convent located neat Bethlehem.

Thank Ber N
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Monastery is set in amazing scenery, with paths and steps going down to the river, (badly poluted with rubbish from Jerusalem). The hills are an amazingly beautiful place to walk, with breathtaking views.

Thank dickthed0c
Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Sava's Monastery is in the middle of the desert of Judea, in an absolute arid area. From the 5th century, the monks here live in the most ascetic way (summer at temperatures of 50 degrees C, with little food, long periods of fasting, very...More

Thank Miriam T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The monastery is seated in a wonderful location. Every Christian Orthodox or not should pay a visit to get St Savvas' blessing. His whole body is there after 1500 years after he passed away! Mind you only men can cross the gates.

Thank Thanasis F
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Monastery is not exactly part of Palestinian Territories. It is area "B", today. You can arrive from Bethlehem or hike a desert trip from Kedar South. Only men may enter into Mar Saba Monastery, one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world. Women...More

1  Thank Zoltan K
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I could be there thanks to the owner of the "Blessing gift shop and olive wood factory". I fully recomend this place, wonderful landscape of the Juda Desert and view of the Dead Sea...silence...monastery...monks...Magic!

Thank djanowska
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Although the access is not well indicated, the road is very bad and to get there was a little difficult, it seems a good place with incredible sights around the Monastery itself. You’d better enjoy this before trying to enter the Monastery because it may...More

1  Thank Antonio V
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Only the men of your group got to go in here. That they hewed this place out of solid rock defies imagination.

Reviewed 1 March 2017

The location of the Monastery is just amazing ! Very friendly monks, but women are not allowed to enter, have to stay outside. But they get something to drink.

Thank pepeto
Reviewed 21 January 2017

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...More

Thank vinc1111
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I would like to knew it is possiblle to visit monastir on Easter 16.04 or on Easter Monday 17.04. This year with one small Greek ortodox group of 6 peope from Serbia... Thank you from the hearth
15 March 2017|
Response from MICHAEL S | Reviewed this property |
It may be possible. The Brothers there are very friendly and accommodating. Women are not permitted inside.