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Monastary of the Cross Jerusalem

  • The Valley of the Cross, Jerusalem

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Honoring the Cross of Christ with a Monastery in its Memory
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on November 6, 2018

Sheltering in the valley below the Israel Museum, the Monastery of the Cross easily pre-dates the Museum. Both are worth a visit. The Monastery celebrates the tradition of the tree for the cross of Christ having grown in the valley in which the Monastery is situated. A small, fortified monastery originally...

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Sheltering in the valley below the Israel Museum, the Monastery of the Cross easily pre-dates the Museum. Both are worth a visit. The Monastery celebrates the tradition of the tree for the cross of Christ having grown in the valley in which the Monastery is situated. A small, fortified monastery originally built by Georgian monks, the Greek Orthodox Church acquired the site when the Georgians ran into financial troubles. Today, a visit to the site is easy. While few monks appear to live at the monastery at present, there is a physical presence. Tourists and pilgrims make the trek, about 2 miles (3 km) from the Old City to the west. The monastery is imposing despite its diminutive size. Thick walls, an even more massive stone framework around the low doorway, radiate defensive power. The monastery contains living quarters, a small shop and area for drinks, a small museum, and the church. While many of the frescos and artworks adorning the walls, pillars, and ceiling of the church have suffered the ravages of time, the church is well maintained and there remains much to admire. The art reflects the Byzantine style prevalent in the Orthodox church and reveals Biblical stories and honors church figures. A small doorway towards the front left side of the church leads to a shrine of celebrating the cross, where a series of images tell the story of how the special tree came to be and eventually came to become the cross of Christ. If driving, one must pass in front of the monastery heading south, turn right on the main road, right again, and immediately turn right into a smaller road fronting a park area. Follow the road to the end and park or go even further onto a dirt track and drive virtually up to the door of the monastery. A quality visit takes about one hour but the site can be visited in 20-30 min.

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Interesting building - but it is not essential to visit this Monsatery in a city with so many attractions
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on September 7, 2018

Not far from the Knesset and Israel Museum and only 3 miles from the Old City this thousand year old monastery (possibly built on the site of an earlier church) has a very interesting story to tell (but very little in English). The chapel is impressive as are the icons. The few staff are...

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Not far from the Knesset and Israel Museum and only 3 miles from the Old City this thousand year old monastery (possibly built on the site of an earlier church) has a very interesting story to tell (but very little in English). The chapel is impressive as are the icons. The few staff are friendly. They have very few visitors. Entrance fee is 15 shekels (3 dollars). The museum could be cleaned up and made so much informative. They have a lot to show off but invest nothing in making it attractive.

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Well preserved early byzantine monastery with interesting story
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on August 31, 2018

This monastery is very interesting because of its old age, authentic looks and interesting story. Built in early byzantine times, it reveres the story of Lot receiving the woodes staff from which the tree would grow on this location that was used for the cross of the crucifiction. The charming Russian Orthodox or Georgian...

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This monastery is very interesting because of its old age, authentic looks and interesting story. Built in early byzantine times, it reveres the story of Lot receiving the woodes staff from which the tree would grow on this location that was used for the cross of the crucifiction. The charming Russian Orthodox or Georgian interior of the church has large murals still intact. The rest of the monastery is built like a fortress and some but not much of it can be visited. Later addition of a belltower, View of the Knesseth from the roof. Worth a visit. Modest dress code so no shorts, but I was wearing knee-length shorts and did not get any comments (probably more strict for women).

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