Pinsteps. West observation point to St. George's Abbey in the Judean Desert

Arabs name the St. George's Abbey Mr. Jaris. It is a Greek Orthodox monastery built on the cliffs of Wadi Qelt. The end of the era of solitary hermit and beginning of coenobia is related to the fifth century CE. First Syrian monks came to establish the coenobia and later monks from Greece. A monk named John from the city of Tebi founded the first building here at the end of the fifth century. Other monks followed him. In the sixth century, a monastery was founded in the name of founder George of Choziba, which survived for periods. A monastery was demolished several times and rebuilt, the buildings that can be seen today dates to the 19th-century. The Bedouin population comes here from the Jericho area for grazing, especially in the spring, when the desert is covered with soft vegetation.


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The Monasteries of the Judean Desert

A beautiful day trip in the Judean Desert starts in the monastery of Euthymius the Great. It leads us to the water source of Ein Mabuah in the Prat creek, where a spectacular overlook to Wadi Qelt is open. Afterward, it takes us to the Good Samaritan museum with the magnificent mosaic collection, paves the steps to the St. Georgius Monastery in Faran creek, and ends in Nabi Musa - place where Moses was buried by Muslims tradition.

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