Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mar Saba Monastery, a Reminder of the Byzantine Empire

The Greek Orthodox St Sabas (Arabic Mar Saba) Monastery clings precariously to the high cliffs above the Kidron Valley only a few miles east of Bethlehem.

For safety reasons Mar Saba's magnificent library is now housed in the Greek Orthodox Patriachal Palace in Jerusalem. This ancient library contains a remarkable collection of hagiographies and hymnographies as well as other works which document the monastery's history.

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