Monastery of St. John in the Wilderness, Jerusalem

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Monastery of St. John in the Wilderness is a Franciscan monastery built next to a spring on a wooded slope just north of Even Sapir and south of Jerusalem, Israel.
In the Mamluk period the church was in hands of Georgians.
Franciscans paid the Georgians rent for the building and adjacent garden.
The Georgians made a final attempt to regain the monastery by legal means in 1596.
The monastery celebrates the childhood wanderings of John the Baptist in this region. Born close by in Ein Karem according to tradition, Luke tells us that John "grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel".
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  • To reach the monastery, you have to pass through Even Sapir. Then go down the circular road (there are road works now) The monastery is beautiful, small, very calm, amazing view, charming atmosphere, ...  more »
  • amazing views off the wilderness the quietness and stillness is to be experienced amazing building in the middle of nowhere  more »
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  • I haven't been to the place itself, only to the 'wilderness' in the surrounds. And I must say, this wilderness is particularly beautiful!
  • Hard to get there but worths while!
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