Mar Saba Walk

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Mar Saba is a Greek Orthodox monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley, established by Saint Sabbas the Sanctified (Mar Saba in Arabic) and named after him in 5th century AD. It is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world and still maintains many of its ancient traditions. One in particular is the restriction on women entering the main compound, but they can watch from the Women’s Tower. The complex is built on the southern cliffs of the Kidron Valley and is protected inside a walled area with dozens of structures. The monastery started as a place of seclusion for a few monks in the caves, led by Mar Saba. Over the years it was built, expanded, and fortified. During its peak, the monastery housed approximately 500 monks.

Meet in Bethlehem (Manger Square ) / or any place to agree upon
Drive to Mar Saba Monastery and begin the  walk
Back to visit the Monastery. Men can enter and women can view from outside.
Return to Manger Square .

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2 comments on “Mar Saba Walk

  1. […] 30.03 (Friday) – Walk around and visit Mar Saba monastery, the oldest and largest Monestry in Jerusalem Wilderness. Start from the Manger Square at 2 pm on the new saving time. More info: Mar Saba Walk […]

  2. jeanette fregulia says:

    I am interested in this walk, one of the places I have wanted to visit but have not yet been able to go. Wondering if there are others who might also be interested. Thank you!

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