The Latrun Monastery is located on a hill, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the valley of Ayalon, where Joshua made the sun stop (Joshua 10:12). At the junction at the highway from Jerusalem to Emmaus road (Luke 24:13), Christian traveler can enjoy a break on their way to the Holy City or when they return.
The roads around the monastery, built by the French monks in the early 20th century, offer the possibility of a delightful walk through vineyards whose fruit the monks used to make wine and grape juice. The monastery church is an interesting mixture of Byzantine and Gothic styles.
The monks keep a vow of silence, except for those responsible for the sale of wine and olive oil. Some think the word “Latrun” comes from word “thief”, because this is the place where the “good thief” who was crucified with Jesus lived. (Luke 23: 40-43)
Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.