Ancient Monastery of St. Catherine – Sinai

Adult £30 / Child £25

Tour Everyday Except Friday & Sunday

The town of St Catherine is in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt at an elevation of about 1600 meters from sea level, at the foot of the Sinai High Mountains.  Yearly thousands of visitors come to St Catherine’s Monastery, the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the World; built on the site where Moses (Prophet Moses) talked to God in the miracle of the Burning Bush.

The monastery dates from 337 AD, originally a Byzantine chapel built around the ‘burning bush’.  The physical heart of St. Catherine’s monastery is its Byzantine-style basilica, which was built along with the protective walls in 527 A.D.  The basilica has three naves, and its dazzlingly ornate interior contains works of art spanning fifteen centuries. Lying next to the main alter is a sarcophagus which allegedly holds the remains of St. Catherine herself.  The wooden doors of the church entrance are 1400 years old.  Above them a Greek inscription reads, “This is the gate to the Lord; the righteous shall enter into it” (Psalms 117:21).  They were elaborately carved by a Byzantine artist, using cedar wood from Lebanon. The doors contain four parts, with reliefs of animals, birds, flowers and leaves.  Also inside the monastery grounds; an enclosure contains an overgrown thorny evergreen bush which is a transplanted descendant of the ‘burning bush’.

St Catherine’s has one of the largest and most important collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world (The Vatican has the largest).  The collection consists of over 3000 manuscripts and 5000 books; volumes in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Georgian and other languages.

This tour to the monastery of St Catherine’s takes you to an amazing World Heritage site in the St Catherine’s protectorate area.  On the way back, lunch in the Golden City – Dahab, and the opportunity to shop for local souvenirs.

It is necessary to have a passport, water. Need comfortable clothing and shoes.

The programme includes

Pick up and transfer by air conditioned micro-bus, lunch, entrance fee to monastery.

The programme excludes

Entrance to the Icons Museum & drinks at lunch

                                                         

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