About 10km north of the Dead Sea, Nabi Musa is where Muslims believe Moses (Musa in Arabic, Moshe in Hebrew) was buried. A mosque was built on the site in 1269, under Mamluk Sultan Baybar (it was expanded two centuries later), and annual week-long pilgrimages set out from Jerusalem to Nabi Musa – which continue today.

The mosque is under restoration, but it is still open to visitors.

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Nearby Jericho attractions

1. Qumran National Park

3.49 MILES

World-famous for having hidden the Dead Sea Scrolls for almost 2000 years, Qumran was the site of a small Essene settlement around the time of Jesus –…

2. St George's Monastery

4.13 MILES

The spectacular St George’s Monastery is a must-see in Wadi Qelt, built into the cliff face in the 5th century. The paintings inside the main chapel are…

3. Inn of the Good Samaritan

4.75 MILES

Located just off the main road from Jerusalem to Jericho, this site is associated with the popular biblical story about the Good Samaritan who, according…

4. Ein Feshkha

4.99 MILES

Fed by crystal-clear springs, this lush oasis stretches for 6.5km along the base of the escarpment that forms the western edge of the Dead Sea valley…

5. Russian Museum & Tree of Zacchaeus

5.16 MILES

A short walk from the town centre, the Russian Museum traces the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land and has an interesting collection…

6. Tel Al Sultan

5.66 MILES

It is impossible not feel a sense of history strolling around the mounds and ruins at Tel Al Sultan, where remains of dwellings and fortifications dating…

7. Qasr Al Yahud

5.94 MILES

At an isolated spot on the Jordan River, on the border between Jordan and the West Bank, stands the reputed spot of Jesus’s baptism by John, which began…