Mar Saba Monastery Loop

John Atick
  • Author: John Atick
  • Created: February 7, 2019 8:30 am
  • Updated: March 19, 2020 9:25 am
Trail Type: Hiking
Difficulty Grade: Moderate
  • Distance 12.37 km
  • Time 6 h 20 min
  • Speed 2.0 km/h
  • Min Altitude 85 m
  • Peak 341 m
  • Climb 506 m
  • Descent 513 m

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1. Mar Saba Monastery

Altitude: 236 m

A 5th Century AD monastery, the largest in the Jerusalem Wilderness. The complex is built on the southern cliffs of the Kidron creek, and is protected inside a walled area with dozens of structures. It was established by Saint Sabas (Arabic: Mar Saba), and named after him. The monastery started as a place of seclusion of few monks in the caves, led by Sabas. Over the years it was built, expanded, and fortified. During the peak times it housed about 500 monks.

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