A bust tour from Sharm El Sheikh to the Moses mountain in Sinai where prophet Moses received the ten Commandments and St Catherine Monastery. The tour starts by picking you up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh late in the eveining and drive 3 hours to St. Catherine at the foot of Moses Mountain. Check in at your hotel in St. Catherine.
At 1:30 am receive wake up call to start your climb of Moses mountain. 2285 meters high. The climb of the mountain is escorted by a guide until you reach the 700 steps to take you to the top of the mountain to see sunrise and enjoy the beautiful view from above. Camels are available if you don’t feel like climbing the mountain until the 700 steps.
After enjoying sunrise on top of Moses mountain go back downhill to visit the Monastery of St. Catherine. The monastery of St. Catherine is considered the oldest in the world and is one of the famous sites in Sinai named after. After the tour to the Monastery have breakfast at a local restaurant then drive back to Sharm El Sheikh arriving between 13:30 – 14:30.
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St. Catherine’s Monastery is located Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt, below Mount Catherine, the highest mountain in Egypt, near Mount Moses. It is said that he is the oldest monastery in the world, and it is considered a great tourist attraction, as it is visited by tourist groups from all parts of the world. The history of the monastery dates back to the beginning of the fourth century, that is, before the Roman Emperor Constantine officially recognized the Christian religion and converted to Christianity. A Christian woman from Alexandria, Catherine, became famous for her ability to refer infidels to the Christian faith. The Alexandria authorities tried to persuade her to give up her supreme message, and she refused, and she was sentenced to death. The monastery was in honor of his memory
The monastery has great archaeological and historical value, as it was included in the World Cultural Heritage areas. It resembles the fortresses of the European Middle Ages, with its high granite wall, which ranges between 12 and 15 meters, and the thickness of its walls exceeds two meters. Inside the wall lies the “Great Church”, facing “the Church of the Blackberry”, and behind it is the “Well of Moses”, which supplies the complex with water. In contrast to the “Great Church” stands the “Mosque of the Ruler by the Command of God” the small one built by “Abu al-Mansur Anushtakin” – the prince of the Fatimid armies – with his ten-meter-tall white minaret, which contains a pulpit that is one of three complete wooden pulpits from the first Fatimid era.
The “Great Church” includes, among other things, the oldest icon of the Virgin Mary, as well as valuable gifts sent by kings and princes over the centuries, including pure silver chandeliers, pieces of art from various civilizations; Arab mosaics, Russian, Greek and Georgian icons and oil murals. The most important contents of the monastery is the manuscript library, which is one of the largest written collections in the world, and which is ranked second in importance after the Vatican Library, known for its priceless valuables.
Dr. Abd al-Rahim Rayhan said in his valuable study “Sinai Forum of Religions and Civilizations” that the library of the Monastery of St. Catherine contains about six thousand manuscripts, the oldest of which is the “Greek Torah” known as “Codex Senatikos”, which is an incomplete copy written in 331 “Aspius” by Caesarean Bishop .