Tal al-Qamar to Mar Saba

John Atick
  • Author: John Atick
  • Created: February 7, 2019 10:11 am
  • Updated: December 2, 2020 8:42 pm
Trail Type: Hiking
Difficulty Grade: Moderate
  • Distance 9.08 km
  • Time 3 h 20 min
  • Speed 3.0 km/h
  • Min Altitude 199 m
  • Peak 426 m
  • Climb 371 m
  • Descent 518 m

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1. Tal al-Qamar Bedouin Camp

Altitude: 390 m

In the wilderness of Dar Salah, Tal al Qamar is located in an ideal location, which forms a small oasis in the middle of the almost serene barren land. It contains two tents each one accommodates up to 20 and a guesthouse ( five-bedroom dormitory )designed to fit the semi-desert environment and can accommodate up to 3 guests. Email: alkarmel48@hotmail.com / Phone Number: +970568903502.

2. Mar Saba Monastery

Altitude: 230 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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