Excursion to Jericho and the Judean Desert Monasteries
One day tour in small groups to places of biblical events.
Good Samaritan Shelter
Today, this place is a museum of mosaics. Masterpieces of ancient masters now adorn the museum exhibit. This museum houses mosaics from the Byzantine period of the synagogues (Jewish and Samaritan) and churches found in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Monastery of George Hozevita
Monastery of George Hozevita was built in the V century on the north side of the creek Porat in the Judean desert near the cave where St.. Elijah the Prophet hid three years and six months, and the ravens brought him food (Third book of kings, 17:5-6). The monastery flourished at the end of VI and at the beginning of VII century when the abbot St. Georgia Cozeba patronizes the monastery which bears his name to this day.
The Persian invasion of 614 years has brought terrible damage to the monastery. Many monks were killed by the Persians, monastic buildings were severely damaged. The XIII century convent completely empty. Only in 1878 the monks of Saint-Grobskiy brotherhood began to restore the once flourishing Abode. Today – it is beautiful, but unfortunately the little village monks Desert Monastery of the Holy City.
Jericho (Palestinian Authority) – one of the oldest cities in the world, founded more than 10,000 ago. “Jericho pipe” – the biblical story of the capture of the city by Joshua (Joshua 2.1 – 4.24), thanks to sound of a trump that was God’s mediation. In Jericho there were events narrated in the Bible: Bartimeya healing the blind and the publican Zaccheus, steeped in sin (Luke 18-19). Several sycamore in Jericho survived to the present day and remind pilgrims of Zacchaeus, climb a tree (“the biblical fig tree”), to see Jesus.
Bethabara (Kasr El Yaud) – so the true place of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River.
Monastery of Jordan Gerasimos
The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos – founded in 455, is one of the oldest on earth. The monastery is located a few kilometers from the Jordan River and the city of Jericho.