Carved out of rock face, the magnificent Greek Orthodox monastery lies deep in a desert canyon, surrounded by a lush garden of trees. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the country and is located where the prophet Elijah is said to have stayed on his way to Sinai. It was here that St. Joachim was informed by an angel of Mary's conception. The monastery's observation point offers wonderful desert panoramas. The most accessible route to the monastery is from the main Jerusalem/Jericho road, following the signposts. The uphill fifteen minute walk can be a challenge.