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November 22, 2016

Desert Sanctuary

The sun rises over Mar Saba monastery, which seems to spill from the earth in the Judaean Desert. “Considered to be one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world,” Your Shot photographer Maria Yudin explains—and it is, at well over a thousand years old—“[it] still maintains many of its ancient traditions. One in particular is the restriction on women entering the main compound.” Women can look over the complex from a separate tower constructed expressly for their use. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Maria Yudin, National Geographic Your Shot
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