Jericho to Nabi Musa

John Atick
  • Author: John Atick
  • Created: September 6, 2019 8:33 am
  • Updated: March 18, 2020 11:33 am
Trail Type: Hiking
Difficulty Grade: Moderate
  • Distance 17.00 km
  • Time 6 h 31 min
  • Speed 3.0 km/h
  • Min Altitude -255 m
  • Peak 7 m
  • Climb 591 m
  • Descent 442 m

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1. Herod's Winter Palace

Altitude: -221 m

Located along the river banks of Wadi Qilt, 3 kms southwest of Jericho. It is identified with the garden city of Jericho during the Greco-Roman period which was described by the historians during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, such as Strabo, Pliny, and Josephus. In addition to being the winter resort of the Herodian family, Josephus tells of Mark Antony gifting Herod's cherished Jericho balsam groves to Cleopatra. The garden city also contains a network of water channels and aqueducts which were constructed to exploit the water from the surrounding springs of Ain Es-Sultan, Nueima, Ed-Deyuk, and Wadi Qilt. The first investigations at Telul Abu Alayeq were carried out by C. Warren in 1868, and by E. Sellin and C. Watzinger between 1909 and 1911.

2. St. George's Monastery

Altitude: -78 m

St. George’s Monastery is one of the most interesting attractions between Jerusalem and Jericho. You must get out and stretch your legs to enjoy the wonders of nature, architecture and religion all in one package. The Orthodox Monastery of St. George of Choziba in Wadi Qelt began in the fourth century with a few monks who sought the desert experiences of the prophets, John the Baptist and Jesus, and settled around a cave where they believed Elijah was fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:5-6). It is reached by a pedestrian bridge across the Qelt River canyon, which according to Christian tradition is identified to be Psalm 23’s Valley of the Shadow, and where shepherds still watch over their flocks, just as Ezekiel 34 and John 10:1-16 describe. Wadi Qelt parallels the old Roman road to Jericho, the backdrop for the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37).

3. Nabi Musa Shrine

Altitude: -98 m

Nabi Musa is the name of a site in the West Bank believed to be the tomb of Moses. It is also the name of a seven-day long religious festival that was celebrated annually by Palestinian Muslims, beginning on the Friday before Good Friday in the old Greek Orthodox calendar.

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