Mar Saba: View of the enormous support ramparts on the cliff face with the monastery on top, taken from the village halfway up the cliff



A Greek Orthodox monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley in the West Bank east of Bethlehem. The traditional date for the founding of the monastery by Saint Sabas [Sabbas] of Cappadocia is the year 483 and today houses around 20 monks. It is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world. The monastery holds the relics of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. Mar Saba was also the home of St. John of Damascus (676-749), a key religious figure in the Iconoclastic Controversy. The monastery is important in the historical development of the liturgy of the Orthodox Church in that the monastic Typicon (manner of celebrating worship services) of Saint Sabas became the standard throughout the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Convents

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Early Christian

  • Byzantine

Place of Creation
  • West Bank (occupied territory)

  • West Bank (occupied territory), Israel

  • +31.705+35.331

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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