Qarantal (Deir el Quruntul)

(Monastery of the Temptation or of the Forty Days)

(Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:2)

Greek Orthodox monastery 4 km. (2.5 miles) northwest of Jericho built onto the side of a sheer cliff, overlooking the Jericho oasis; one of the most fabulous locations in the Holy Land.

Name derives from the word quarantena meaning forty. According to Christian it was here that Jesus fasted for 40 days and was tempted by Satan:

“And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him” (Mark 1:13).

The firstl monks who moved here early in the 4th century lived in the natural caves in the cliff. Later a monastery was built but it was destroyed by the Persians.

The present building was constructed by the Russian Orthodox church between 1875 and 1905. Inside is a stone on which Jesus is believed to have sat during the Temptation.

Also Byzantine art treasures.


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