The Lonely Desert Monastery

Dear Reader,

It was on a very rainy day that my friends and I decided to take a day off to explore the Judaean Desert. We were working on the fields anyway so rain was not a good idea that day. Plus I had many things listed that I really wanted to see in Palestine. I was told that many Greeks live literally hidden in monasteries in the West Bank and that there was this one monastery that looked superb and dramatic all carved in sandy colours.

The stunning Judaean Desert right in front of us. The rainy weather adds to it a beautiful dramatic effect.

The Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, the oldest surviving and continuously inhabited Greek Orthodox monastery that there is.

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Founded 483 CE by Saint Sabbas from Cappadocia, Greece, this Greek Orthodox monastery is home to pilgrims monks who still maintain many of its ancient traditions. One in particular is the restriction on women entering the main compound. For us there is one building that women can enter and it’s called the Women’s Tower, near the main entrance, which to our luck was closed that day…

From the monastery you can admire the Kidron Valley, which separates the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives.

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