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This ancient monastery was built on the site where some believe the tree from which the Cross of the Crucifixion came grew. It contains a beautifully preserved mosaic floor.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Rehavia Valley, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2-679-0961
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 July 2013

"The glory of Lebanon will be yours--the forests of cypress, fir, and pine--to beautify my sanctuary. My Temple will be glorious! (Isaiah 60/13) It is told that when Lot went to Abraham, he was given seeds from three trees. From these seeds, there grew one...More

2  Thank Ronnymarcus
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

We attempted to visit this site at opening hours on March 3rd. We waited half an hour during opening hours and no one would open the doors. Another man who was waiting with us had called the local Greek Bishop to make sure they would...More

2  Thank Tampa_Turtle
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sheltering in the valley below the Israel Museum, the Monastery of the Cross easily pre-dates the Museum. Both are worth a visit. The Monastery celebrates the tradition of the tree for the cross of Christ having grown in the valley in which the Monastery is...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2018

Not far from the Knesset and Israel Museum and only 3 miles from the Old City this thousand year old monastery (possibly built on the site of an earlier church) has a very interesting story to tell (but very little in English). The chapel is...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2018

This monastery is very interesting because of its old age, authentic looks and interesting story. Built in early byzantine times, it reveres the story of Lot receiving the woodes staff from which the tree would grow on this location that was used for the cross...More

1  Thank HansCB
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I had high exceptions, having read on the Internet before it was a hidden gem. I got there, and I paid 15 NIS entrance fee. The gentleman who was manning the entire place couldn’t speak English well but he told me that everything was written...More

1  Thank Veronika P
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Monastery of the Cross is a Greek Orthodox Medieval Monastery built as a fortress. Look for the door on the left side of the church, this door leads to the room that is over the spot where the Holy tree is said to have...More

2  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Built by the GEORGIAN King,on a site donated to Georgia on the Fourth Century by the Byzanthine Emperor Konstantinus when Georgia became christian,Built in the valley of the Holy Tree used by the Romans for the Cross of Jesus,The place of the famous Georgian poet...More

2  Thank airport2015
Reviewed 21 February 2016

An amazingly built like a fortress monastery in the heart of Jerusalem. The site from where tradition says the wood for the Crucifixion came from.

2  Thank Tal122
Reviewed 24 January 2016

It didn't take very long to visit, but worth a stop. I don't think it is one of the more important destinations, but still interesting.

Reviewed 15 November 2015

The monastery lies below the Rechavia neighborhood in what is called The Valley of the Cross, below the Israel Museum. The interior is completely unexpected. There are many frescoes, icons, there is silver artwork, but no pomposity at all. The whole interior exudes piety and...More

1  Thank dancing-freak
Reviewed 2 November 2015

This Georgian Orthodox monastery is famous for its fresco depicting the medieval Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli. There's a small museum next to the church. The admission fee is NIS 15.

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20 September 2018|
Response from HansCB | Reviewed this property |
10am - 4pm officially but when I visited they closed early because I was the only visitor