Bethlehem - Mar Saba Monastery Approx. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Moderate to Strenuous

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of Mar Saba lies in the hills of the Judean Desert, about four miles east of Bethlehem. The monastery, the oldest one in Israel, is carved into a steep cliff facing the dry bed of what used to be the Kidron brook, spoken of so often in the Bible. Because of the strict contemplative lifestyle, women are not allowed to enter the monastery.