Jericho and Wadi Qelt

The Temptation of Christ

The Monastery at Mount Temptation, Jericho. Mount Temptation is the hill in Jericho where ,according to the Bible, Jesus meditated for forty days and was tempted by the devil.


Pslam 23: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. It is believed that the valley of death in this Psalm is Wadi Qelt.

Wadi Qelt, also known as the Prat River or Nahal Prat, is a beautiful oasis of waterfalls and towering rocks, located deep inside the Jordan Valley, just outside the West Bank city of Jericho. It is only possible to hike the valley in the cooler months. 

The best way to get here is to take a take a ‘service’ towards Jericho, asking the driver to drop you off at the entrance to Wadi Qelt.

The route passes through fresh water pools, aqueducts, ancient ruins, and caves that are inhabited by the Bedouins. The trail leads to St. George’s Monastery, one of the oldest continuously active Greek Orthodox monasteries.


Monastery of St. George of Choziba, Wadi Qelt

The Monastery was established in 420CE. The Monastery is associated with the parents of Virgin Mary and holds the relics of three Eastern Orthodox saints, making it a site of intense pilgrimage.