Monastery of Saint Catherine

The monastery of Saint Catherine or Monastery of the God Truden or Holy Mount Sinai is a remarkable and historic place. It was established in the sixth century and it is the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world. The monastery of Saint Catherine is a place of pilgrimage for those who come to experience the rich heritage and culture of this ancient Egyptian land.

The monastery of Saint Catherine is home to a community of monks, who have dedicated their lives to the service of God and their faith, and also to the most impressive artifacts, such as the Burning Bush which is said to have been seen by Moussa. The monastery of Saint Catherine is located at the base of Mount Sinai which is a place of reflection and spiritual significance for Christians, Jewish, and Muslims as well. It is a remarkable place for beauty, wonder, and a reminder of the rich heritage and faith of the Egyptian People.

Location of the Monastery of Saint Catherine

The monastery of Saint Catherine is located in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, at the base of Mount Sinai. It is situated at an altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level in a narrow valley north of the mountain.

The monastery of Saint Catharine has three mountains that are near it, First, Ras Sufsafeh, second, the mountain of Horeb which is (0.62 mi) west, and last the mountain of Saini (1.2 mi) south.

The Structure of the Monastery of Saint Catharine

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The monastery of Saint Catherine is located on Mount Sinai, near the site where Moussa received the Ten Commandments from God. The walls of the monastery and main church encompass multiple structures. The most important is the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior, which contains nine churches. The Church of the Burning Bush, from which God spoke to the prophet Moussa, is one of these ones.

The monastery also includes ten other churches, the accommodation of the monks, a Fatimid mosque from the 12th century AD  an olive press, a refectory, and the world's oldest, largest, and most important library in the whole world, which contains rare books and four and a half thousand old manuscripts in Arabic, Coptic, Greek, Syriac, Slavic, and other languages, as well as approximately five thousand old editions.

The interior decorations and the current Iconostasis date to the 17th and 18th centuries, and the walls, whose thickness varied from 1.80 to 2.20 meters, are still a reminder of the greatness of this civilization. There are many doors at the entrance of the church that are 1400 years old, with a Greek description that says "This is the gate to the Lord, the righteous shall enter into it" (Psalms 117:21).

Is the Monastery of Saint Catharine Worth Visiting?

Is Saint Catherine Monastery Worth Visiting - Trips in Egypt

It is believed that the Great Byzantine Justinian built the monastery in honor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who was a famous and great Saint in the middle ages in Europe, plus, the holy relics of Saint Catherine are also enshrined after she was tortured and then beheaded because she was faithful of Christianity. It was believed also that they have used (a spiked wheel to torture her) and then it was said that angels moved her body to the top of the mountain. The monks discovered her body around 300 years later after her death in a state of perfect preservation.

It is believed also to be the very same place where God appeared to Moussa in the Burning Bush and has also Islamic importance as it became a stop for pilgrims on their way to Mecca because there is a Fatimid mosque which was built under the rule of Al-Amir Bi Ahkam Allah. Today, the monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a major pilgrimage destination.

It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Egypt that offers visitors a glimpse of the spiritual heritage of the area, as well as its stunning architecture and surrounding landscapes. The monastery includes Islamic, Christian, and Jewish importance and stands today as a reminder of the great religious importance of the region and the importance of preserving its unique history.

Best Times to Visit the Saint Catherine Monastery

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In the Saint Catherine area, the summertime gets long, warm, and clear as the temperatures vary from 29°F to 80°F from late June to early September. The warm season starts from May 26th to September 24th. We highly recommend visiting Saint Catherine monastery from October 29th to April 29th as the weather is pretty good.

Best Activities to Do at the Monastery of Saint Catherine

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One of the best activities to do in the Monastery of Saint Catharine is hiking up Mount Moussa, the biblical site where God is said to have appeared to The Prophet Moussa, from this location, you can witness the inspiring beauty of the monastery as the sun rises over the craggy peaks of Mount Sinai.

You can enjoy witnessing the Bewitching beauty of the Fatimid masterpiece through the Fatimid mosque which was built in 500 AH/1106 AD during the reign of the Fatimid Caliph al-Amir bi-Ahkam Allah. The Fatimid mosque is located northwest of the monastery of Saint Catharine, and the opposite the church of Christ the Savior. This remarkable mosque has an amazing pulpit which is one of the only three surviving examples from the period of The Fatimid.

Explore the church of the monastery of the transfiguration, and admire its elaborately carved wooden door, its heavy granite columns, and its wall paintings of the great saints. Academic students can visit the monastery's vast collection of manuscripts, art, and icons as it has a great history of art in the museum and the monastery inside it.

For a truly unique experience, visitors can also visit the Chapel of the Burning Bush, the original church of the monastery, where a silver plaque marks the spot where God is said to have appeared to Moussa. Do not miss taking some amazing photos to memorize them for a lifetime. It’s amazing to have some fun in Dahab and enjoy one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.

The Art in the Monastery of

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The Saint Catherine Monastery in Egypt is renowned for its breathtaking architecture and artwork. Inside its walls, visitors can find an impressive collection of religious art. One of the most striking pieces of art inside the monastery is the iconic "Transfiguration of Christ" painting. The ground of the Monastery is full of breathtaking beauty and stunning views of the surrounding desert region and the Red Sea.

The monastery’s library also contains a number of rare and ancient books and manuscripts, overall, the Saint Catherine Monastery in Egypt is a treasure trove of art and history and it is a must to visit it to witness the religious art, from its impressive frescoes to its rare manuscripts, there is something for everyone inside its walls.


Briefly, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt is an important landmark in history and the Sinai Peninsula as well. It is a living testament to the practices, faith, and service of the Coptic Christian people, as well as a reminder of the long history of the Christian community in the region. The monastery is still actively used for religious purposes and provides a place of peace, prayer, and reflection to thousands of pilgrims who visit each year. The monastery is an important part of the rich culture of Egypt and should be preserved for future generations to appreciate and learn from it. With a little planning and some tips from Trips In Egypt, we will make your dream come true by arranging your tour dream in Egypt as we are specialized in arranging tours in Egypt, Nile cruises to witness the glory of the pharaoh and day tours from Saint Catherine to Cairo and vice versa.

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