Greek Orthodox Church of St George

West Bank

On the periphery of Burqi’in, the Greek Orthodox Church of St George is built on the site where Jesus is said to have healed 10 lepers. Believed to be one of the world's oldest surviving churches (dating to the 4th or 5th century CE), it is built around the cave where the lepers were living when Jesus passed through the village.

Service taxis (3NIS) go here from a station about 300m west of the Masjid Jenin, close to Cinema Guesthouse.

In the courtyard are several shafts that lead to a cave beneath the church where persecuted Christians would hide in Roman times. Ask staff to unlock the hatch and let you descend the ladder and have a nose around.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby West Bank attractions

1. Canaan Fair Trade

0.78 MILES

Located 2km beyond Buqi’in, this olive-oil factory practises fair-trade policy with its farmers. A tour of the factory includes a tasting, and if you want…

2. Freedom Theatre

1.85 MILES

Set in Jenin's refugee camp, the Freedom Theatre has persevered in the face of unimaginable odds, including the assassination of its founder, Juliano Mar…

3. Masjid Jenin Al Kabir

2.11 MILES

With its unmissable green roof, Masjid Jenin Al Kabir (Jenin Great Mosque), was built in 1566 on the orders of Fatima Khatun, then wife of the Governor of…

4. Nachmani Winery

6.92 MILES

UK-born Frances and her Moroccan-born husband David have turned a wine-making hobby into a micro-winery that produces just 2100 bottles a year. You can…

5. Megiddo National Park

10.1 MILES

St John predicted the last great battle on earth would take place at this sun-scorched hill, better known as Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Aside from…

6. Japanese Garden

10.68 MILES

Up the hill from the ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue, deep inside Kibbutz Heftzibah, is something unexpected: a lovely little Shinto-style Japanese garden…

7. Museum of Art, Ein Harod

10.79 MILES

Almost as remarkable for its modernist building (inaugurated in 1948, with additions from the 1950s) as its outstanding art collection (mainly by Israeli…

8. Beit Alpha Synagogue

10.83 MILES

No one was more surprised than the members of Kibbutz Heftzibah when they went out to dig an irrigation channel in 1928 and uncovered a stunning,…