Mar Saba is 20 kilometers east of Bethlehem. From Bethlehem, a taxi ride costs between $20 to $25, which includes a visit to the monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba. Open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; men only, suitable clothing, no entrance fee. Women are not allowed entry but may wait in the Women’s Tower at the entrance to the monastery or, even better, on the opposite slope, which commands a magnificent view of Mar Saba.
By Qais Assali