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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.
Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
+972 2-277-3135
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Breathtaking views, one can go hiking around the monastery. Biking as well. I must see location in Palestine

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Слави С
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful monastery that is remote and surrounded by what looks like a mini Grand Canyon. Men can enter but women cannot. Active monastery.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bradl336
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing ancient monastery in the middle of Judean dessert whom a place of a monks after Name to St saba .you will see the stunning view of judean dessert and the ancient monastery of monks church where st saba was buried.the Female is not allowed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nestlediane1019
Reviewed 19 July 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ono O
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Malwwina
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 440leviz
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

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank jasonmataram
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..)

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank FOL-1003
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Paisagringa
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from jasonmataram | 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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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.