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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.
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

When we arrived, the monastery was closed, so we explored the landscape around. You can exploe the caves around, just go to the top of a mountain and observe how the Bedouin men guide their flocks. When we left, we realized we had no cell...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

There is something about that place.. Kinda peaceful and spiritual vibes that can change your mood for real. If you have been in Bethlehem you must make a visit

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing location,in the middle of no where still preserve its landscape as it was 2000 years ago.It is worth to walk around.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Very easy to go by your rent car to Mar Saba but you need local guide . I had my guide and he helped me a lot to find the place . It's beautiful and old . I went in side and I saw the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Went to see the Mar Saba monastery on a jeep trip. You can only access the monastery in a 4x4. Also you cannot enter the monastery - at least women cannot!! However, Mar Saba monastery is amazing as you suddenly come across it while traveling...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

We didn't enter the monastery but instead hiked on the trails on the surrounding very steep hills for some nice vistas. We also ended up having tea with some local Bedouins, who were super hospitable despite us being unable to communicate except through our guide....More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank John S
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Mar Saba Monastery is a peaceful and spiritual church located in Obaidieh village next to Beit Sahour city, the church has belt thousand years and more ago, the church has the body of Mar Saba in a unique and special tomb made from glass, you...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

An amazing experience. A spectacular view of the cells of the monks built into the side of mountain. Very beautiful. As a monastery, women are not permitted into the church but we were escorted on a tour of the grounds. Since this is a monastery...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

When we arrived, the monastery was closed, so we explored the landscape surrounding it. I can't imagine a better idea. There is a general trail. but you don't need to follow it. Go explore the caves. Go sit on top of a mountain. Go imagine...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

A greedy place. The chapel is very peaceful and reflective. The natural beauty of the land is breathe taking. The idea of it having been a cobs place for prayer for over 1,500 years is mind blowing. The monks are very friendly and give great...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Response from nestle diane p | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can in wadi qelt but there is no border Wadi qelt,unlike in mar saba where you will need to pass the border,and the people there is arab palestinian,so i dont think so if it is advisable for you wherein in the... More
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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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