St. George's Monastery
St. George's Monastery
4.5
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Wadi Qelt is a scenic gorge running between Jerusalem and Jericho; as such, it is popular among hikers. The isolated Greek Orthodox monastery is carved into a cliff in the northeastern corner of the narrow canyon. The exterior is impressive; inside, the non-squeamish will marvel at the human reliquary.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Palestine tours
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
A monastery which locates near Jericho. Cliff-hanginng one in wadi el Quilt. It was built in 5th century. It has a stunning view. If you visit the holy land and you miss it, you miss alot. One of the offers is Saint George's monastery and wadi el Quilt Tour with Palestine Tours on Fck
Written 16 July 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
You don't need to do a long hike to see this monastery. There is a side road that takes you up into the hills. A 10-15 minute walk from the parking area enables you to see the whole monastery and Wadi Qelt with wonderful photo opportunities.
Written 16 December 2022
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Jack Miller
New Orleans, LA548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Took a cab from Jerusalem here. It’s in the middle of desert. However, the view is breathtaking. I am amazed by the hundred of years that monks have been living here…
Written 20 June 2022
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The truth : We were touring the region all day and as it was already late afternoon when we arrived (and we were running out of time) - we have decided not to walk all the way down the (Wadi Qelt) canyon , about half hour walk. But we did the 3 minutes walk to the observation deck/lookout point to discover a great panoramic view of the exterior of the stunning structure of the monastery . We shall be back definitely , to discover the interior .
Written 5 April 2021
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Teoso
Brooklyn, NY279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of the most picturesque locations for a monastery. You walk down a somewhat steep, but paved, hill and across a bridge to reach the monastery. The monastery itself is also quite beautiful, although the surrounding really overshadows the monastery itself.

Biggest issue is the way they admit visitors. When we were there, a large crowd push and shoves while waiting at the entrance, many of them from large tour groups. Our guide told us that smaller groups are allowed to enter without waiting, but that did not happen for us. The way that the groups are pushing on the door, it really creates a hazardous condition. Fridays are apparently more problematic as all tour groups are here because Mar Saba, another monastery nearby, is closed that day.
Written 10 December 2020
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel16,000 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This is an understatement!

Actually my 2nd time there, and my 2nd review here.
My first time last year was extraordinary, I gave a 5 star, because of the surroundings, the amazing view of the monastery hung on the cliff, the beauty of the Wadi, because of everything.
And yes it was scalding hot, and the climb was not so easy, and most of all we couldn't get inside then because we were not fully covered.
But it was on me, I should have been better prepared.
So we decided we'd give it another shot this year, same month, June, same heat, yes, but...completely covered and well inside the 8-13 open hour slot.

So we drove there, from far away, and we covered ourselves from top to bottom, and we walked down, and we were there around 10am... But then ...it was closed! CLOSED!
We had made our homework before though, checked again opening time, clothed as wrote, everything...
They could have written something at the top, couldn't they have?
My conclusion, they don't really like visitors there...

And if you add the sellers at the entrance.
They wouldn't let you go unless you'd buy something, adding that something bad could happen to your car and "better to let them look after it...you understand my meaning".
There were almost not tourists at all there so we decided to buy something...
But it wasn't enough, they stayed until each and every one of us bought something..again, let us look after your car...

Too bad, and this time I'm done, I don't think I'll be back there, ever.
Written 18 July 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The old monastery, whose construction started in 420 AD, is a cliff hugging, multi-layer complex, built into and blending perfectly into the walls of the Qadi Qelt, in the middle of nowhere, in the desolate emptiness of the Judean Desert. It's impressive, it's amazing and is something one will not easily forget...
Written 31 January 2020
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Ross H
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
The silence of the desert, the beauty of the location, the spiritual atmosphere of this place is spellbinding and overwhelming. I rode down the gorge on a donkey and exclaimed out loud when seeing the monastery: it is so beautiful. Had a warm welcome inside and was offered free drink and nuts. A glorious experience and I still cry when I think about it. Not to be missed ! Go, go, go !
Written 30 December 2019
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Courtney E
San Antonio, TX50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Just going here alone is not a reason to return but one of themany reasons to return to Israel and Palestine as often as possible!!
Written 15 June 2019
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MstqMI
Manistique1,291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide surprised us with the detour to see the monastery. We weren't able to get down to it, but could view it (and take pictures) from a high point. It was still beautiful. There were some bedouins trying to sell jewelry, scarves (or shawls) and oranges. Worth the stop!
Written 27 May 2019
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