Visitors who wish to drive to the monastery of St. George
, in the Israeli desert, can now do so again, after new construction on a road to the site has been completed.
From the article:
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony bringing Greek Orthodox clergy in flowing robes together with short-sleeved bureaucrats from the capital, a new asphalt road was dedicated that would let pilgrims return to the desert attraction.
St. George Monastery, carved out of the cliff face by monks in the fifth century, had been a popular pilgrimage site as Christians believe it was built around a cave where the prophet Elijah sought shelter. But the visits by pilgrims and tourists came to an abrupt halt three years ago after an earthquake weakened the road and subsequent floods washed it away.