St. George’s Monastery   15 comments

St. George's Monastery, Israel, Jericho, monastery, monks, religion, religious

St. George’s monastery dates back to the 5th century AD and was named for St. George of Koziba. It is an active Greek Orthodox monastery located north of Jericho in the West Bank in Israel. It was originally established by monks who were seeking to achieve the experience of desert prophets. The monastery has had a rough history including long periods of disuse. It was restored in 1901 and quite recently has been opened to visitors with a road being built to the monastery. Unfortunately, my visit to the monastery in 2000 pre-dates public access so this is as close as we were able to get.


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  1. What a neat place to visit! You should go back if you get the chance and take the tour!

  2. Great shot, amazing building. It almost looks like a fragile miniature from this perspective!

  3. Appears to be rather inaccessible.

  4. Makes me think of a movie setting… was it The Lord of the Rings? With a hint of Mesa Verde thrown in for good measure.

  5. That’s very cool that you were able to even get this close. Reminds me a bit of Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan. I suppose monks choose inaccessible places so they can meditate and not be tempted by every day life ?

  6. Oh how I would love to explore that! At least were able to frame up the big picture. Marvelous structure.

  7. Interesting text, Mike, and beautiful picture – those turquoises go wonderfully with the honey-coloured rock. Adrian

  8. It looks so nice.

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