St. Catherine Monastery
St. Catherine Monastery
Travelers in the Middle East consider it a rule of good taste to visit the monastery of St. Catherine the Great Martyr.
As we know, at the age of forty, the prophet Moses left Egypt and came to Mount Horeb, Sinai, where God appeared to him in the flame of the burning bush and ordered him to return to Egypt and bring the children of Israel to the mountain so that they would believe in the Lord God.
Moses obeyed this command. The children of Israel came to the sacred mountain, where they received the commandments of God – the first law given by God to His people.
It was at the foot of this mountain in the 4th century that the now famous convent of St. Catherine was erected.
Initially, the shrine of South Sinai was called the Monastery of the Transfiguration, or the Monastery of the Burning Bush. Since the ninth century, it was renamed the Monastery of St. Catherine, the relics of which were found by the Sinai monks in the middle of the 6th century.
Now the monastery of St. Catherine includes 12 chapels, a garden, a refectory and a huge library of manuscripts, which is considered to be the second in value after the Vatican.
The large temple or the Basilica of the Transfiguration, decorated with mosaics and marble, has been admired by pilgrims for many centuries in a row.
Behind the altar part of the basilica is the Chapel of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary – one of the oldest monastery buildings, the history of which dates back to the 4th century.
There are also unique works of art in the South Sinai Monastery: more than two thousand icons, including many old ones, mosaics of the 6th century, a huge collection of manuscripts.
The monastery of St. Catherine was never ruined, thanks to the fact that in the 6th century. was converted into a fortress. And in the 10th century. a mosque was erected on the territory of the monastery. As you can imagine, the move was political.
07 – 08:00 am
We will pick you up from your hotel in Aqaba and take you on an hour-long sea voyage to Taba, where you will be met by your guide, with whom you will go on a 3-hour trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery.
On the way, we will make one stop in a beautiful valley with sand dunes and enjoy wonderful views.
Then we will continue our way straight to the village of St. Catherine to visit the monastery located at the base of Mount Moses in the heart of South Sinai.
After visiting the monastery, you can visit the monastery museum, which contains the oldest icons and manuscripts from the early stages of Christianity.
Then we will have a trip to another pearl of Egypt – Dahab, to enjoy the views of this wonderful town
and have lunch at one of the local restaurants.
We will end this day at a hotel in Dahab, and in the morning we will go to Taba to return back to Aqaba by boat.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Aqaba & drive you to the port from where a boat will take you to Taba (Sinai Peninsula).
Your English-speaking guide will meet you at Taba Port to take you to St. Catherine Monastery.
After the excursion you will travel to Dahab for lunch & overnight.
Our driver will pick you up after breakfast at your hotel in Dahab & drive you to the port from where you will return back to Aqaba.