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Monastery of George Khozevita, Israel

From series “The Most Inaccessible Buildings in the World”
Year: 6th century.

In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. The monastery building was built on the slope of the rock wall. The nearest settlement is the old town of Jericho, which is about 5 km away.

Monastery of George Khozevita, Israel The remarkable Gheorghe Hozevitul monastery was built in the 6th century. From a distance, his modest buildings look like swallow nests hanging over the high slope. The monastery was built entirely of stone and is incredibly beautiful. In it the old chapel and a lot of the religious artefacts have been preserved. The history of the monastery building is very interesting. As a legend tells, it was built next to the united cave in which Prophet Elijah spent three years and six months. The monastery was built by five Syrian monks who found the legendary cave.

Later, in the year 480, Saint John Hozevitul came from Egypt to the monastery, which expanded the building considerably and added with the new buildings. Among the valuable religious artefacts that can be seen today are the relics of Saint John Hozevitul, as well as the relics of John's Romanian. The skulls of the martyrs who lived in the monastery at the beginning of the 17th century and were killed by the Persian conquerors are also regarded as an important relic. The monastery also preserves many interesting historical artefacts, so it is worth seeing for all tourists. Next - Chapel of St Michael dAiguilhe

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ATM bankomat: 'בנק אגוד' located in 24 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Sixt car rental' is located in 23 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Almog' in 6.26 km
Supermarket: 'Baladi Supermarket' in 21 km
Parking: 'Parking for Quarter Residents' in 23 km
Apotheek: 'Pisgat Ze'ev Super Pharm' in 20 km
Police station: 'Mate Makhoz Shai' in 17 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Roladin' in 23 km
Railway station: 'סיירת דוכיפת' in 21 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 51 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 52 km
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 57 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 59 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 70 km
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Best hotels near Monastery of George Khozevita

Jericho Inn

Located in 4 km from Monastery of George Khozevita
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Rooms: 4
The Inn comes with a large garden with swings and hammocks where you can relax. It is located 100 metres from a local swimming pool, and … More: photo, rates and booking
Almog Kibbutz Hotel

Located in 7 km from Monastery of George Khozevita
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Rooms: 77
Accommodation at Almog Kibbutz Hotel includes a bathroom, air conditioning, fridge and and tea/coffee maker. All rooms offer a large seating area and … More: photo, rates and booking
Biankini In Siesta

Located in 11 km from Monastery of George Khozevita
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Rooms: 23
The independent suites are spacious and uniquely furnished. Each features a private balcony with views of the sea, and a seating area with kettle and … More: photo, rates and booking
Nof Canaan

Located in 13 km from Monastery of George Khozevita
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Rooms: 4
Accommodation at the Canaan is decorated with whitewashed walls and light-coloured furnishings. Each comes with a balcony or patio, a kitchenette, … More: photo, rates and booking

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Dome of the Rock Mosque
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46 km - Amphitheater Amman
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Top destination around Monastery of George Khozevita - Jericho

In addition to historic landmarks, Jericho is famous for its citrus gardens. When taking a walk in the city, it is easy to notice that citrus trees create small oases in the endless desert. As it was mentioned above, there is a theory that Jericho means “the city of palm trees”. It is not hard to see that this name describes the city precisely. Simply visit one of the citrus gardens where it is possible to see not only citrus trees such as the lemon, orange, and mandarin but also date and banana palm trees. There are such “mini jungles” near virtually every house or building.

As a rule, Arabian taxis bring tourists to Jericho. These taxis usually depart from the main bus station in East Jerusalem not far from Damascus or Shechem Gate. Fixed route buses will take you to the nearby settlement of al-Eizariya. Having reached this large village, get a taxi that will take you directly to Jericho. It is also possible to get on the bus to the Dead Sea. The bus stops at the crossroads that is the closest to Jericho. The distance to the city is roughly five kilometers.
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