The Monastery Below

Feb 20, 2015

On Paul Salopek's journey he has encountered several fascinating architectural structures. However, the coolest one may just be the Byzantine monastery. It was built in the fifth-century A.D. and was built at the mouth of Lot's Cave; the cave where lot and his family refuged when God destroyed the twin biblical cities. The monastery sits at the lowest point on earth, 1,378 feet below sea level, and was partially destroyed along with the cities.

There are several archaeologists and conservators working to preserve the monastery and get it back to its old form. They are currently trying to piece all the floor fragments back together which they have already been working on for 12 years. The reason they are doing all of this is because the monastery was one of the most beautiful and sacred monasteries of its time. They expect the rebuilding to take many more years.