Monastery Museum


Above the Well of Moses in St Catherine's Monastery is the superb Monastery Museum, which has been magnificently restored. It has displays (labelled in Arabic and English) of many of the monastery’s artistic treasures, including some of the spectacular Byzantine-era icons from its world-famous collection, numerous precious chalices, and gold and silver crosses.

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1. Church of the Transfiguration

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Inside St Catherine's Monastery, this ornately decorated 6th-century church has a nave flanked by marble columns and walls covered in richly gilded icons…

2. Burning Bush

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It’s possible to see what is thought to be a descendant of the original burning bush in the St Catherine's Monastery compound; however, because of…

3. St Catherine's Monastery

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This ancient monastery traces its founding to about AD 330, when Byzantine empress Helena had a small chapel and a fortified refuge for local hermits…

4. Steps of Repentance

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5. Mt Sinai

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6. Sheikh Awad

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7. St Katherine Protectorate

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8. Gebel Serbal

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