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St. Catherine's Monastery

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Address: at the foot of Mount Horeb (mount Moses), Saint Catherine, Egypt
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+20 69 3470353

This is the 6th century formidable fortification and still working...

This is the 6th century formidable fortification and still working Christian monastery. It has the second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts.

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Interesting, historical, pilgrimage site

Seeing the Monastery and Mount Sinai was amazing. There are lot of people there but things seemed to have been well run considering the small space. Don't be taken in by "museums... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jason T
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the Monastery and Mount Sinai was amazing. There are lot of people there but things seemed to have been well run considering the small space. Don't be taken in by "museums" that really just pedal "icons." The trip getting there is long if you are coming from Sharm. High altitude so be prepared if you want to hike. I... More 

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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited St. Catherine's Monastery right after our sunrise climb of Moses Mountain. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and known for the location of the Burning Bush as well as where the oldest manuscript of the bible was discovered. Just like Moses Mountain, in this monastery is found a Christian church and an Islam mosque.... More 

Thank jezreluy
Queanbeyan, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place was lovely to visit- with the unexpected green garden on approach, the stunning setting between two mountains, and the old buildings inside the walls. We nearly missed the museum, up wooden steps, which would have been a major setback. The museum is fantastic, with icons, illuminated manuscripts and objects dated from the sixth century onwards. It cost EGP80... More 

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Port Said, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is simply unique and contains interesting things such as the tree of Moses, Madian well related to Prophet Moses story as claimed.

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Brights Grove, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Access to St. Catherine's is complicated these days. I travelled here with a group of 6, from Israel, crossing at Taba. We had a local bedouin driver, a guide, and a military escort from the border to St. Catherines. Christians have been living here since the 2nd Century -- thought the present wall and church date to Justinian in the... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

hi i visited this mount sinai ....its safe to visit the place...but you need to inform the tour guide to prepare a pass for the visit a day in advance regards Anthoni raj

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Abuja, Nigeria
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The monastery has been well preserved and maintained. Some of the places to see is Mose's well, Burning bush, a mosque and the inside of the church which has been there for so many. years.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We didn't get to see the church except from outside,and to see the bush Moses supposedly saw, we had to looked through a locked gate toward a wall 60 or 70 feet distant. Pretty disappointing.

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

我们从Sharm Elaborate Sheikh 的酒店半夜出发, 开了近两个小时才到摩西山脚下。寒冷无比,穿了羽绒服,围了围巾,买了双手套,然后导游带着出发,只有一支手电给我们十个人用,和摸黑差不多,得不停地走,不然一停下来,刺骨地冷。对经常爬山的人来说,路不算难,都像是一级级的台阶,有的地方很窄,只够一上一下。夜里两点左右开始爬,大约中间休息了一次,在一个小棚子里买了杯热茶,最简陋的茶不过那点温暖太难得了。 途中碰到有人大哭,有人围观,原来是一个德国老人爬到半路心脏病发作离世了,剩下老太太和女儿在痛哭,很震惊。导游唯一和山下沟通的办法是打手电信号,打了半天没动静,也帮不上忙,只有继续爬山。 到最后一段就陡了不少,爬到山巅已经是凌晨5点半左右,一路走得孤零零地,到山顶忽然发现人多起来。各种取暖方式都有了,当地人有出租毯子的,几个俄罗斯大汉拿毯子从头到脚都蒙起来了, 可见得冷到什么程度。我看了看那毯子脏的程度,算了,还是挺着吧。 到了山顶等日出的前半个小时是最难熬的,因为大家都找最好的观赏地点和角度,一旦挪开了马上有人填满,所以动也不能动,又冷又困。太阳出来一瞬间,大家都欢呼。日出也就20分钟时间左右,然后人群散开,各自找路下去圣卡特琳娜修道院。有两条路,一条风景好但远一点,我们选的就是这条。沿途的红色岩石在朝阳下确实美不胜收。 下到修道院大概已经是十点十一点左右, 参观了修道院后吃午饭,上路回酒店。

Thank Gao云游世界的高芸 Y
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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260 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

I had my reservation going there at first, being a Muslim, however, when I read about what it had I got encouraged to go ... You may appreciate the building that was built in the 6th century ... and still standing ... you'll get to see some of the grass that was used as signs during the prophet Mousa time,... More 

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