Travel Guide to Mount Sinai
The Travel Guide to Mount Sinai highlights the most important places to visit in this area of Egypt and its significance to the history of Egypt together with Ancient Egyptian facts and information about Mount Sinai.
Location of Mount Sinai
Although there are some disagreements about the exact location of the Biblical Mount Sinai the traditional and most accepted location of Mount Sinai is in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. For those wishing to travel to this part of Egypt transport is by road or air. The nearest city is Dehab which is is two hours away from Mount Sinai by car. There is no airport at Dahab so the route is from Cairo to Sharm el sheikh which is only 1 hour to Dahab.
Places to Visit and tour at Mount Sinai
The most famous places to visit at Mount Sinai are as follows:
- Mount Sinai
- St Catherine's monastery
Mount Sinai in Egypt is 7000 feet high and is also known as Mount Moses. Part of a mountain range it is surrounded on all sides by higher peaks of other mountains including St Catherine's Mountain. Mount Sinai is a famous and spiritual place, especially for Christians. Events regarding Mount Sinai and Moses are detailed in the Bible under Exodus. Moses first heard the word of God from the burning bush when he was told to deliver his people from bondage in Egypt. Moses returned to Egypt and the Pharaoh eventually agreed to release the people following the ten plagues which were set on the Egyptians. The peak of the mountain is where Moses communicated with God and received the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were placed in the ark of the covenant, which was one of many instructions Moses received on the mountain. Steps are cut into the side of the mountain and this is followed by the pilgrims who make this journey. A Greek Orthodox Chapel has been built on the top of Mt. Sinai.
Mount Sinai - St. Catherine's Monastery
St. Catherine's Monastery (aka the Monastery of the Transfiguration) was built by members of the Greek Orthodox Church. It is the oldest monastery on earth and has been a centre of pilgrimage for 15 centuries. The monastery is fortified, surrounded by a high wall, and until only recent times the only entrance was via a basket and rope over the wall. St. Catherine's Monastery holds one of the largest and most important collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world which are written in a variety of languages.
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