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Mar Saba Monastery

Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
+972 2-277-3135
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“judean desert” (7 reviews)
“mount athos” (2 reviews)
“peaceful site” (2 reviews)
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Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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+972 2-277-3135
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"judean desert"
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"mount athos"
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"peaceful site"
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"breathtaking views"
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"monastic life"
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"worth the trip"
in 4 reviews
"dead sea"
in 6 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 2 reviews
"men and women"
in 2 reviews
"beit sahour"
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"greek orthodox"
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"olive wood"
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"canyon"
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"tower"
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"monk"
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"caves"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, women are not allowed to visit inside this Monastery, located in the Judean dessert and nestled onto the side of a stream's canyon. Three stars for me since I couldn't go in, 5 stars to my male companion because he could. It was interesting...More

Thank Ono O
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This is a "must see", even though you cannot get inside. Quite different from the places I have visited so far, with a wealth history and amazing landscape.

Thank Malwwina
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A great place to see and visit (provided you are not a woman). Fascinating views and history. And also a place where allegilly a Secret Gospel of St. Mark was found. A book which tells of a secret and forbidden love story of Jesus

1  Thank Levi Z
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

We were told that women can't go into the monastery. When we got there it was locked up for some occasion. So we walked to the right following the river. We got lovely photos, talked with a friendly shepherd. We could see the monk's caves...More

2  Thank Jason K
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

... the fathers and got a few very interesting answers; the place is where Saba lived in a cave, he was the chap who did not eat apples (plse do read story before you go..)

1  Thank FOL-1003
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I went with Finjan Alternative Travel. We did a 14 mile hike. It was beautiful and the hike although Long was very doable. The monastery is not open to women but the views coming in and out are wonderful. I recommend the tour because there...More

Thank Paisagringa
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Really close to Bethlehem, the drive to Mar Saba is fabulous. The day I went I could see the Dead Sea. You can see the desert, the mountains and the sea; very spectacular. The monastery which is Greek Orthodox is built on the side of...More

Thank heken1954
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Women cannot enter, and only Greek Orthodox men are allowed to enter. The vistas are unbelievable beautiful though. It is pretty far out of the way, but we were able to see scenery along the way. There is a cave right near there where two...More

1  Thank LetsGoSeeThings
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Mar Saba was built by the Greeks in 478 AD and it is one of the oldest monasteries still in use. There are about 20 monks there at all times. They trade out with other monasteries. It was closed to visitors the day we were...More

1  Thank grip652
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Saba is so beautiful and it blows my mind how they could build a monastery on the side of a mountain. The only drawback is no women are allowed inside the monastery but saying that Saba is still worth going into the desert to see...More

1  Thank artleonard77
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goodtravelithaca
8 May 2018|
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Response from Jason K | Reviewed this property |
We hired a taxi in Bethlehem where we were staying. We went to Herodion and Marsaba. The road is fine. Like you we had no idea about anything. I think we paid 120 shekel including the wait. There is an awesome guy who lives... More
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Stella C
18 August 2017|
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Response from dickthed0c | Reviewed this property |
It is a very beautiful area. The walks are beautiful, and the drive is quite educational. The reason the Palestinian area looks unkempt is that the Israeli government do not allow them to have street cleaners or recycling.
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