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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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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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A must-see just for your general culture - stunning view on the top of Mount Moses

我们从Sharm Elaborate Sheikh 的酒店半夜出发... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gao云游世界的高芸 Y
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank JoeSchlambe
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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225 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

It is very exciting to visit back but with my kids this time, still in very good shape, the open tour in the monastery is smaller this time than the first time

Thank Mag M
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Hired a chauffeured car for the trip on Saturday the 28th of January. A newer model car picked us up at 0600h for a more than 2.5h drive to the monastery. Although St. Catherine's is only 85km from Sharm the road takes a circuitous route to the destination. First north past Dahab and then east across the Sinai. Take your... More 

1 Thank Alla1510
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The oldest working monastery in the world, St Catherine's monastery is located at the foot of mount St Catherine and Mount Sinai. You can visit the chapel at the monastery which is simply sublime with an unbelievably huge number of icons. Must visit the burning bush and Moses' well as well! Guided tours are available which I recommend highly to... More 

Thank Amin A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This will take a short amount of time to see the monastery and best to do early in the morning before all the buses show up. The history of the monastery is interesting and well preserved, including the burning bush. A long way from Cairo, though, at least a 6 hour drive if the most direct route is open.

Thank Jackie J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Located in saint Catherine city, surrounded by huge mountains, with its huge walls and unique structure, you would love to visit it after getting down from Mount musa at morning as it the available time for such visit. Very spiritual place, organized,well managed clean as well. Frindly and strict attitude exists. I recommend to visit it's museum. I see it... More 

Thank Mahmud E
Casablanca, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I was amazed at the beauty. Of the chandeliers inside the church. The postcards they sell were okay. I wish they had the chandeliers and the history of them on postcards. It was truly a peaceful place. I will visit again.

Thank G L
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

It's no only a monastery for a great saint but also It consists of the burning bush; the bush in which Moses saw the fire as It was on fire, but was not consumed by the flames. The monastery also has valuable icons and manuscripts from bible since the first centuries.

Thank Mina G

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