Mar Saba Monastery
Mar Saba Monastery
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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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Taxi Ali Bethlehem Tours
Israel139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Marsaba Monastery, located in the eastern side of Bethlehem, about 18 km from the city, a very beautiful place and a wonderful view
Written 16 August 2023
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Chilliepadee
London, UK1,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is a stunning Greek Orthodox Monastery founded by St Sabas (Mar Saba in Arabic), a monk from Central Turkey. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow women visitors to enter its compound. I was only able to view it from a hill opposite the huge compound of the monastery, where a lone tower (called the Women's Tower) was situated. It was said that this tower was built by St Sabas’ mother, who was herself also forbidden to enter the monastery. It's well worth a visit despite the fact that I was not allowed to enter, because the architecture is simply amazing!
Written 26 May 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This place is pretty unusual. It’s in the middle of nowhere, about a 30-minute drive from central Bethlehem. Once you get there, only men are allowed to enter. After I entered a priest who spoke English provided me with a private tour of the facility.

The main church was under construction but I got to see the remains of St. Saba (rather creepy). Some of the views of the nearby caves are very good. At the end of the tour I went to a reception area of sorts where they give you candy, fruit and tea. It struck me as a potential recruiting operation but I may have been a little paranoid.

I was still accompanied by the English speaking priest. He was originally from Russia and started on a rant about Ukrainians really being Russians. I wanted to avoid a heated discussion about Russia’s attack on Ukraine so I left somewhat abruptly.

Sort of a weird experience but I was glad I went.
Written 25 April 2023
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Amir N
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My partner and I went there with Nidal of Siraj Center after going on the Arab Ar-Rashaida Sunrise hike and it was a marvel to behold and explore!
Written 10 March 2023
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BlaineAggie
Tulsa, OK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Getting to go inside this monastery was a life goal. Women cannot enter unfortunately. But, I entered with a group of Eastern European men I was welcomed. They asked my denomination when I entered. They seemed to only want Orthodox or Catholic men. The monks were not friendly, but the view and the history were spell-bindidng. I would recommend highlty.
Written 15 February 2023
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Bethlehem Services for Tourism
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
it's one of the most beautiful places ! we can visit the place and take a tour around it so we can take a beautiful photos !
Written 16 January 2023
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smvNYC
New York City, NY359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A beautiful monastery, filled with history and wonderful architecture. Only men are allowed in but there are many opportunities to see it even from outside.
Written 8 August 2022
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Palestine tours
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Business
A unique experience in the wilderness of Jerusalem to visit mar Saba monastery.. It stands on the cliffs of the valley
I meet tourists at bus station 231 in Bethlehem and then head to the site in my private car
My what's up is 00970598753648
Written 12 April 2022
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Regis F
126 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
You never know when it will be open (went on a Friday and was told on Fridays it is always closed all day). We drove to see it from the opposite side, the view is amazing but the road can destroy your car and upon arrival there were local boys demanding 50 shekels in order to “watch” your car, that is, in order not to damage your car while you were far from it.
Written 1 April 2022
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Shareef Jibreen Palestine guide
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Business
Amazing monastery was built on the cliffs of the valley.. You can see the wilderness of Jerusalem and TransJordan from there.. Deserves visiting
Written 27 March 2022
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