St George Monastery
St George Monastery Jericho Reviews
Spectacular Monastery clinging to the side of Deep Gorge Jan 11, 2010
St. George’s Monastery is located in Wadi Qelt, in West Bank not far from Jericho. The monastery was started in the 6th century, and is of Greek Orthodox religion. Approaching the monastery, you must first descend the deep gorge, cross a small bridge, then climb the steps to the monastery. At the time of my visit, twelve monks live in the complex.
The monastery is technically free to enter. We were given a great tour in English and refreshments by one of the monks, so we of course made donations. The interior contains a number beautiful icons and relics. It is possible to hike along Wadi Qelt, and this is recommended, even if just at least as far as the roman aqueduct. The wadi still has a working aqueduct and irrigation system running along its face. There are numerous other routes across the gorge sides offering fantastic views.
To visit the monastery first get a Palestinian minibus to Jericho. From there you can either hike it (around two hours) or get a taxi to the monastery. To hike out of the wadi a good map is recommended, and plenty of water, this is a desert don’t forget. Unfortunately there are a number of Palestinian hawkers at the top of the gorge who are quite aggressive. Along the wadi though other Palestinians are just curious and friendly.
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