Martyrius Monastery

During the Byzantine period, the monk Martyrius came here from his far away command post and to build a centrally - located monastery overlooking river beds, the Judean Dessert, and the Dead Dea for the monk's seclusion.

The Martyrius Monastery is the largest of its kind in the Judean Dessert.

Over the years, the dining area and church were enlarged and renovated due to an improved financial situation.

A 26.5 x 12 mosaic of breathtaking design was built in the dining area. Additional mosaics in the church and other rooms display the affluence of the church, its significance and the lifestyles of the monks who lived within its walls.

Monastery Location in Ma'Aleh Adumim (64 kb JPG - top middle of map - 3 black dots)

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