St. George’s Monastery
Just off the Jerusalem-Dead Sea highway, St. George’s Monastery rests among the spectacular biblical desert where Christian monks still maintain their ancient way of life.
The fourth century monastery started 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)!
The sixth-century cliff-hanging complex, with its chapel and gardens of old, is still populated by a few Greek Orthodox monks. You can reach it by using a pedestrian bridge across the Kelt River canyon, which many consider or imagine to be Psalm 23’s Valley of the Shadow, and where shepherds still today watch over their flocks, just as Ezekiel 34 and John 10:1-16 described.
This valley parallels the old Roman road to Jericho, the backdrop for the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37).