Mount of Temptation Monastery, Jericho

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Perched upon a sheer cliff face, Mount of Temptation Monastery looks out over panoramic views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and dramatic surrounding mountains. Regarded by the Orthodox church as the spot where the devil once tempted Jesus during the latter's 40-day fast, the site has existed in some form since 6 CE, developed and reconstructed over thousands of years. Ride the cable car or hike the steep 400 m (1312.3 ft) incline to the summit. Once there, wonder at the impressive carving of the monastery, cut directly into the cliff face some 350 m (1148.9 ft) above sea level. A restaurant and souvenir shop offer welcome shade and refreshment from the heat of the day. With our world travel planner, Jericho attractions like Mount of Temptation Monastery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A really unusual place wedged in the cliff face with great views. However, I was disappointed not being allowed to take pictures in the small but attractive church section, and the priest was making s...  more »
  • After being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, Jesus came to the wilderness near Jericho, where he faked and meditated for 40 days and was tempted three times by the devil, according to the Bible. It is possible to access the top of the hill by car or by chairlift, where there is a monastery.
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