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This is the 6th century formidable fortification and still working Christian monastery. It has the second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts.
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At the Foot of Mount Horeb, Saint Catherine, Egypt
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was amazing to see the locals with basic requirements going about in their daily life in midst of the Sinai mountains. We were not allowed in the monks quarters but there was a small but beautiful chapel which we were allowed in, shoes must...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled 2 hr each way (down partially paved, dirt or gravel roads) from Dahab to see the Monastery and were a bit disappointed. Like others posting here, we were told as soon as we got there that the church was closed to visitors. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hit up St Catherine’s on the way down from Mt Sinai. The light was good for some good photos, but there are plenty of “vendors” outside the site. The monastery doesn’t open till 9am, so if you summited either take your time walking down...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have not much interest in history or not seeking for some spiritual experiences it is really not much to see. It's just old stone chapel. They have some old frescoes, sacred Moses well full of trash, nice chapel, coffee shop and bunch of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank UncleScroogefromLt
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

When you found your self above the sea level 1600 M and you have almost 2280 m to reach the top, then you are in one of the most interesting spots around the world You almost out of connection with the world you go back...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank T3emad
Reviewed December 3, 2018

Our local Tour guide arrived at 11:30am to be told that they changed closing time to 11:20am. After much pleading from our local tour guide and our tour organiser they said we could go in for 10 mins. It was a rushed 10 mins as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank KLjane
Reviewed November 29, 2018

With only 45 minutes opened for visitors, hordes of tourists cramped into this small little monastery. This caused difficulties to take decent photos or to view any of the artifacts, sights or interesting architectures. The mosque is also closed off to the public and you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank RobinLSK
Reviewed November 5, 2018

I was disappointed with the monastery tour, which was part of my package to Mount Sinai. Many of the areas were closed to the public, but my tour guide was able to get me in a couple of places if I gave some "baksheesh" (tip...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Terry S
Reviewed November 2, 2018

For believers it's a place to visite. It takes only a couple of hours to do so. 34 years ago it was my first time there. What a change, you don't visit the same areas!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank patli2015
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Far Away Monastery; it tooks around 4 hours driving between sands mountains to reach it from Sharm el Sheikh but if you are interested in history you will love it: You will see Moses burning bush, Moses water Well & Napoleon gift " The pump",...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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livelovexplore
October 11, 2018|
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Response from LilithSarafyan | Reviewed this property |
I guess it won’t be possible cause the monastery will be closed at the the time of sunset. Usually the tours include sunrises which is absolutely beautiful. They depart from hotels in Sharm el Sheikh approx at 8-9pm and... More
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October 11, 2018|
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Response from jkimseng | Reviewed this property |
If you want to go up to Mt. Sinai, there is a hotel very close there, think the hotel's name was Morgenland. You can go to the monastery the next day and you no longer need to stay overnight there. You can go to your next... More
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September 3, 2018|
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Response from dewdrop61 | Reviewed this property |
We had private tour to St.Catherine monastery for all day including diner. Wasn't any problems to ask in hotel ,and they call to local tour company to arrange car and guide. Also is nice go to bigger group as well and meet... More
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