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St Catherine's Monastery

St Catherine's Monastery

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 built beside what was believed to be the burning bush from...

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Mt Sinai

Mt Sinai

Known locally as Gebel Musa, Mt Sinai is revered by Christians, Muslims and Jews, all of whom believe that God delivered his Ten Commandments to Moses at its summit. The mountain is easy and beautiful to climb,...

Historic Site in St Katherine Protectorate

Steps of Repentance

The alternative path to Mt Sinai's summit comprises the taxing 3750 Steps of Repentance, which begin outside the southeastern corner of St Catherine's Monastery compound. They were laid by one monk as a form of...

Museum in St Katherine Protectorate

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...

Church in St Katherine Protectorate

Church of the Transfiguration

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. At the church’s eastern end, a 17th-century iconostasis...

Arts & Crafts in St Katherine Protectorate

Bedouina Sinai

This local cooperative of 75 Bedouin women produces bags, purses and cosmetic bags decorated with modern interpretations of traditional Bedouin design. The shop is just up the road from El Malga Bedouin Camp. Pop...

Arts & Crafts in St Katherine Protectorate


This Bedouin women's cooperative works with more than 300 local women and displays a huge range of textiles and local handicrafts. It's signposted on the first left-hand turn coming into town from Desert Fox Camp.

Religious Site in St Katherine Protectorate

Burning Bush

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 visitors snipping cuttings of the bush to take home as blessings,...

Landmark in St Katherine Protectorate

Sheikh Awad

This spot amid the Sinai's high mountains is home to a sheikh’s tomb and Bedouin settlement. Due to the diverse mountain scenery on the trails leading between St Katherine and here, it's a popular trekking...