Jericho Travel Guide

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  • Mount of Temptation

    The Mount of Temptation is the Main Draw for Christian Pilgrims in Jericho, particularly the Orthodox Churches as there is the Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation Above. although archeologists have debated on the exact location of the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights, the Orthodox Churches claimed that this is the...

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  • Judean Desert

    A Large part of the West Bank and Jericho Town is along the Judean Desert, which is a separate desert from the Negev Desert of Southern israel. this Desert starts from the mountains near Jerusalem and goes down up to the Dead Sea and starts from just after Beit Shan and up to the Southern Dead Sea, just after Qumran, where it then becomes the Negev...

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  • Zacchaeus House and SycamoreTree

    Besides the Mount of Temptation, Christian Pilgrims make a whistle stop at the Center of Jericho Town, in front of a House sits a Large Sycamore tree which was purported to be the Tree where Zacchaeus, the Jewish Tax Collector went up to see Jesus and then repented. The house and the Sycamore tree is alleged to be 2,000 years old. There are several...

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  • Travelling along Highway 90

    After a multi day pilgrimage and tour of Northern Israel, we then proceeded to the west bank of Palestine to visit other Biblical Sites oin the West Bank and Jerusalem via the longest highway in Israel which is highway 90. Our first Stop in the west bank is the Town of Jericho, where the Biblical Mount of Temptation was allegedly located. Highway...

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  • On top: Monastery of Temptation

    Almost on top of Mount of Temptation, about 3 km northwest of Jericho, there's a Greek Orthodox monastery. The panoramic view of the Jordan Valley is great, and it's possible to take a cableway that passes over the ancient Jericho.The Mount of Temptation is the site where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the...

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  • Going north through Giordan Vally

    Going north from Jericho along the Giordan Valley is a great experience!The desert has wonderfoul and different colours in a so small area...especially in the late afternoon!

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  • Elisha's Spring

    The spring is one of the more visited Christian sites in Jericho, and recalls the Biblical passage on the prophets Elijah and Elisha (Kings, in the Old Testament). Elisha, according to 1st Kings, was Elijah 'successor' as a prophet (if such a term can be used in this context), selected when Elijah threw his mantle to him in a symbolic gesture.The...

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  • Tell Es Sultan

    Tell Es Sultan is, according to the archaeologists, the site of the Biblical city, and is one of the oldest cities on Earth at roughly 10,000 years. When one thinks that the spot has been pretty much constantly inhabited, it's even more impressive.Jericho is also the most excavated site in the Holy Land, although the first attempts at the end of...

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  • Mount of Temptation

    Byzantine-Christian Jericho was situated in and around the modern town. Several churches and monasteries have been discovered here, the most important of which is the Monastery of Temptation "Dair Quruntul". The mountain of temptation " Jabel Quruntul" rises about 350m west of Jericho overlooking the Jordan Valley. Here Jesus spent 40 days and...

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  • Tell Al Sultan (Sultan Mount)

    Old jericho (Tell Al Sultan)The most ancient city of Jericho is situated on a mount overlooking the oasis, 2km north west of the center of modern Jericho. Excavations by the late British archaeologist K. Kenyon uncovered settlements dating from 9000BC.Hard to believe !!! This period marks the transition from nomadic to settled agricultural life....

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  • Visit Hisham Palace

    Also known as Khirbet el Mafjar. Hisham Palace is one of the main archeological sites in Jericho. Built in the 8th century during the Umayyad period as a hunting lodge or spring winder resort, it’s name is associated with the Umayyad caliph el –Hisham ibn Abd El Malek. The site is located some 2km north of Jericho. The uncovered excavation show the...

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  • Hisham's Palace

    Less than two miles from Old Jericho is Caliph Hisham's Palace. The building dates to the 7th century during the Umayyad period of the Muslim Empire. It was apparently designed as a winter resort from the Caliph, but was destroyed by an earthquake before he had a chance to use it. Parts of the building were preserved and some of the artifacts were...

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  • The Sugar Mills

    Half way between Tell Al Sultan and the Mount of Temptation on your right as you depart Tell Al Sultan are the sugar mills known as Tawahin Al Sukkar. Sugar cane production and processing was known in Palestine since the Umayyad period, the Crusaders expanded sugar production for export to Europe. For that purpose they built sophisticated sugar...

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  • Dead Sea

    Dead Sea is actually a lake. Located between Jordan, Israel and East Bank, it is the second saltiest body of water on Earth with salinity about 30%. It is 418 m below the sea level.I remember a textbook with a picture of a woman laying over the Dead sea and reading a book. I saw it when I was in 6th grade, so a long time ago, and I never thought I...

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  • St. Gerassimos Monastery

    Abbot Gerassimos founded a monastery in form of Lavra in 455. Near it there was another convent, called Cane monastery, built by St. Helen in 326 on a place of a previous church, dating back to the times of Apostles. Todays monastery was built on the place of the Cane monastery.St. Gerassimos is usually depicted together with a lion. St. Gerassimos...

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  • Wadi Kelt, Monastery of St. George of...

    This is the one of the two places in the Holy Land I liked the most, the other one is Mar Sabas Monastery. The views of Judean Wilderness are amazing !!!The monastery was originally built in the 5th century, but then destroyed by Persians. Nowadays building dates back to the end of 19th century and belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church.

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  • Fig Tree of Zacchaeus

    New Testament, Luke 19: Zacchaeus the Tax Collector' 1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since...

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  • Mount of Temptation

    Matthew 4:8-11 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'11Then the devil left him, and...

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  • Food Stalls at Mount Temptation Vista...

    there are several food stalls lining the vista point of Mount of Temptation along with the souvenir shops. these stalls sells everything from bottled water, sports drinks, fresh fruits like oranges or lemons or dates, shawarmas, falafel and ice cream plus assorted mezze and snacks and pita bread and arabic coffee. they accept both Israeli Shekel...

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  • Good food in Jericho

    Ezzaria Restaurant on the main square (daily 5am-l0pm; cheap) has great chicken and grilled meat, kebabs and hummus and from the terrace has a good view on the main square, usually crowded of people and colours... Ask for chicken and the sides coming with it...it's a lot!!!Falafel with hummus is great!

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  • Oasis

    Directly across from the Tel is a huge tourist complex with shops and a restaurant where every tour bus stops.Here you can enjoy arab meals at the restaurant with the name of Temptation ... Hummus,mouhammara,kebabs etc

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Jericho Transportation

  • Cable Car to Mount of Temptation

    for intrepedid tourists and christian pilgrims who want to go up the mount of temptation top and the Greek orthodox church on top, Jericho has it's cable cars that goes back and forth the mountain from Jericho Town and the ride is less than 5 minutes. The cost of a round trip ride is NIS 55. addres is: Ain as-Sultan St, Jericho.Opens 8:00 am to...

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  • telepheric

    Directly across from the Tel is a huge tourist complex with shops and a restaurant where every tour bus stops. A new hotel is being constructed as well. Another new addition since the Palestinian takeover is a modern cable car that whisks visitors to the Mount of Temptation

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  • To Qarantal Monastery by Cabin Lift

    Again, the Qarantal monastery is about 20 minutes walk on a steep road. Have in mind that the weather may be very hot and that you are in an area that lies below the sea level. So, for people with heart problems, it is not advisable to have a walk there. Instead, there is a cabin lift from the ruins of the ancient Jericho. Unfortunately, you still...

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Jericho Shopping

  • Shops at Mount of Temptation Lookout

    being a touristy area and the main attraction for Christian Pilgrims who will go to the vista Point of the Mount of Temptation at a valley below the mountain (many of the tour groups don't climb up the mountain via the cable car and just have a view here at the vista point). There are a few souvenir shops lining the Building at the front of the...

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  • Jericho s Bazaar

    Directly across from the Tel is a huge tourist complex with shops and a restaurant where every tour bus stops. In the bazaar you can find some souvenirs ,some beautiful broderies and even the Ahava products cheaper than Israel .. Ahava products Less than Israel

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  • Fruits everywhere

    Directly across from the Tel is a huge tourist complex with shops and a restaurant where every tour bus stops.Near the entrance there is a big open market who sells only fruits .I suggest you to try at least some of the fruits they are delicious fruits not too much

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Jericho Local Customs

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    by machomikemd Updated Sep 16, 2013

    I am an avid collector of Fridge Magnets and Shot Glasses of My Travels and buying them is a must, and on my first stop on the Palestinian West Bank City of Jericho, which is the oldest inhabited City of the world and the site of the Mount Of Temptation (where Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights), I must buy these favorite Items of mine and they have several souvenir shops at the vista point of Mount Temptation and at the Town Proper that sells this collector items I love and they are available in different designs and materials and the cost is: you can use Jordanian Dinar (JD) or Israeli New Shekhel (NIS) or even US Dollar ($) to pay for these items as Palestine still has no national currency and they use both the Jordanian and Israeli Currency.

    Fridge Magnets will cost NIS 12 to 30 (or Jordanian Dinar 2.50 to 5) or US Dolllar $ 3 to 9, depending on your haggling skills

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Jericho Off The Beaten Path

  • Buying Dates in Jericho

    I love Dried Date Palm Fruits sine I was a child and always buy them in supermarkets and in my recent middle east jaunt, i have sampled a lot of them from egypt, saudi arabia, israel, palestine, jordan, syrian and UAE kind. The West Bank of Palestine has a number of Date Palm Plantations and souvenir shops here in Jericho sell these goodies, which...

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  • West Banks Fortifications

    Before WW1,the socalled " West Bank" was under Ottoman rule as part of the province of Syria. In the 1920 San Remo conference, the Allied powers allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War saw the establishment of Israel in parts of the former Mandate, while the West Bank was captured and annexed by Jordan. The...

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  • Wadi Qelt

    St. George Monastery - Greek orthodox, was founded in 5 century, and restored after the crusaders. It is built in the wall of the canyon - Wadi Qelt (Kilt, Kelt, Qilt) which is one of thew biggest tributaries of River Jordan and passes through Jericho downstream. The monastery is currently open Fri and Sun morning and afternoon, and Sat morning,...

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Jericho Favorites

  • Jericho

    Jericho is famous in the Bible as the wall of Jericho came down when Joshua called on Yahweh to make the walls fall down and also it is the Place where Jesus met Zachhaeus, the tax collector and near the town is the biblical site of the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil. besides the Christian sites, Jericho is more known as a...

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  • West Bank

    If you are travelling from Northern Israel via a Holyland Pilgrimage to other Christian Sites to the south, then you would pass by highway 90 to the west bank, rather than the Highway 2 or 6 in the Israeli Side, near the mediterranean Sea, as the main Christian Pilgrimage Sites south is via the West Bank, which is controlled both by Israel and the...

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  • Palestinan Authority Checkpoints

    Since Jericho is under the Palestinian Authority Government, they have checkpoints at the entrances to Jericho to other Areas of West Bank as the entire west bank is a mish mash of Israeli and Palestinian Control and until a final peace agreement between these two nations, the boundary of these two nations will be set. The Checkpoints around...

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