Visit the monastery on Saturdays to fully enjoy the site and its local market. Note that the monastery is open in the winter months from 8:30 to 11:00 and then again from 14:30 to 16:00. During the summer, opening hours are between 8:30 and 12:00 and then again from 15:30 to 17:00. The monastery is closed to the public on Sundays.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a place to quiet the noise of daily life and experience true, spirituality and introspection, the Latrun Monastery is the place to visit. Head on over there before or after your trip to Jerusalem – or dedicate a day to visiting the area’s radically diverse sites. While you cannot officially join the order (there’s a six-year novitiate prior to being accepted), you can most surely enjoy a little taste of the silent life – and the succulent treats and libations on offer on Market Day.