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St. Catherine's Monastery

Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said lo have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world's great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries.

St. Catherine's Monastery

Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said lo have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world's great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures isa library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's itself, and a 6th century church reputed to He directly on the she of the Burning Bush. Quite simply. the monastery is a defining feature of the Holy Land. It is the greatest monastery in Africa and its construction goes back to the 4th century AD. It lies in Hie foothills of Moses Mountain 5012 feet above sea level, built by Emperor Justinian for himself and his wife. The Monastery was named after Saint Catherine "the daughter of Kistery" who was tortured to death by her father for she succeeded in converting 50 of his followers to Christianity in 307 AD. The door is surrounded by a wall about 85 Hi. long, and comprises church, which is called St. Catherine church. Inside the monastery there is El-Mouta church "Church of the Dead". There are also 6 Wells, 4 springs and a large garden rich in fruit trees of different kinds and two milts. Father for .she succeeded in converting 50 of his followers to Christianity in 307 AD. The door is surrounded by a wall about 85 m. long, and comprises church, which is called St. Catherine church. Living amidst the isolation of the Sinai desert, St. Catherine's monks had plenty of lime to develop their artistic talents, and no objects express their skill better than the thousands of icons they created through the centuries. For the monks, creating icons and mosaics was not only a pastime, but an integral part of expressing their devotion to God. Their efforts to this end were both beautifiil and extraordinarily prolific. Most of the icons native to St. Catherine were created between the tenth and fifteenth centuries, following a style which has come to be called the "Sinaitic School" of art. Rather than striving for realism, tlie imagery of this time period typically reflects a strong interest in the power of Sinai's biblical landscape. The school became so influential that many European artists incorporated elements of Sinai's mountainous terrain into their own compositions. 
 

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