Clinging to the side of the Mount of the Temptation is the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation or "Deir al-Qarantal" in Arabic.
The monastery has just one permanent resident, Father Gerassimos, an 84-year-old Greek-Orthodox monk who’s been living here for the past 30 years. Father Gerassimos’ daily routine is balanced between isolation and openness to the outside world: He wakes up at 6 a.m., attends mass in the monastery’s church before hosting the many visitors who come every day. The place closes at 5 p.m. Only then does Father Gerassimos resume his isolated life, just next to one of the caves inside the monastery once inhabited by Byzantine hermits.
Throughout the year other monks reside with him for brief periods of time.