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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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Beautiful monastery, must visit.

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

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ber N
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

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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 much daily prayer - both in the church and in the cell). With the continuing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 are admitted only to Women’s Tower. Open daily except Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 am-4 pm... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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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!

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Seville, Spain
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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 be the only good of this place. Women are not allowed inside the monastery. Even... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

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

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romania
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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.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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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 on site and rules are stricked as on mount Athos. We venerated the holy relics... More 

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