Visit two of the iconic cities in Israel and the holy land Jericho and Bethlehem
Continue our fascinating Bethlehem and Jericho tour to Wadi Celt and the Judean Desert by visiting the monastery of St. George, which is located on a narrow ledge resembling a shelf, quite steep rocks five kilometers west of Jericho. The foundation of the monastery dates back to the fifth century and in its oldest part in the chapel of John Hozevit, the floor mosaic of the times of the foundation of the laurel was preserved.
Visiting the monastery of Wadi Kelt and the monastery of St. George, we will be able to feel the times of the formation of the Christian church.
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST - BETHLEHEM
1. Qasr Al-Yehud - the true place of the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan. This city is on the border with Jordan and every year in January it becomes the center of Christian pilgrims who wish to perform the great sacrament - Baptism in the Jordan River.
2. Marsaba Monastery - The largest and most impressive monastery in the Judean Desert is the Marsaba Monastery, named after the monk Sabas (Mr. means lord in Arabic), who even appeared in Jean-Claude Wadden Dam's film - "The Order". It is a Greek Orthodox monastery that is not connected to water, electricity, or telephones. It is home to 15 monks, who do not read newspapers, do not use the Internet, and do not have a Facebook or Twitter account.
On the cliff of Kidron River is a breathtaking vantage point on the walled monastery, from which dozens of caves and solitary cells can be identified on the mountainside. To visit the monastery, you have to cross the stream and climb the stairs that go up to it.
3. St. George's Monastery - is a Greek Orthodox monastery, built on a hillside in the Euphrates River, near the Ein Kelt spring. The monastery is located in the Judean Desert, about 5 km west of the city of Jericho. It was founded in the Byzantine period in the late 5th century AD and reached its peak in the days of the monk Georgius in the 6th century AD, after whom the monastery is named.
In 614, during the Persian conquest, the monastery was destroyed and remained abandoned for a long time. It was restored during the Crusader period but was again destroyed by the Arabs. The present monastery building was rebuilt in the late 19th century by the Greek Orthodox Church.
I am your tour guide in Israel and I will do my best to make this journey remain in your heart only with warm memories and fill it with the centuries-old spiritual heritage of this Holy Land.