St. Catherine's Monastery
St. Catherine's Monastery
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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SC391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a short side trip from Mount Sinai, unless you are religiously devoted. Of the monastery you can only see the chapel of Saint Catherine, the burning bush, and Mose's well, for an additional fee you can see the illuminated manuscripts. All together maybe 30 minutes. Worthy of the historical and religious aspect but otherwise underwhelming. Realistically you can visit with a rented/hired car, but as of December 2023 it is more practical to take a tour bus due to security concerns.
Written December 29, 2023
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Tamer Farkouh
Egypt65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Saint Catherine's Monastery in Egypt, at the foot of Mount Sinai, is a profound spiritual and historical site. The adventure begins with the climb up Moses Mountain, often done at night to reach the summit by sunrise. Walking under the stars, you feel deeply connected to the biblical story of Moses. The sunrise view is breathtaking, and the sense of holiness is palpable, perfect for reflection and prayer.

The monastery, founded in the 6th century, is a haven of peace. Monks dedicated to prayer and contemplation live here, preserving ancient rites and traditions. The monastery's rich collection of manuscripts, icons, and the revered Burning Bush add to its spiritual depth.

Visiting Saint Catherine’s is more than a historical tour; it’s a spiritual journey. The physical climb and the monastery's serene, sacred atmosphere offer a profound experience. This sacred site invites deep personal reflection, connecting visitors with its enduring faith and history.
Written June 20, 2024
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Nara Simone
Hook, UK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Wow
Today was full of high emotions . I have been here before, but still you feel it’s your first time. Despite weather was chilly, we managed to walk around for few hours and also managed to visit the church and the museum.
So exciting was being in such a historical and biblical land .
And seeing almost 1700 years old church , which is as far as I know one of the first ones.
Powerful place, full of history’s and a lot to see and explore…
Written January 27, 2022
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Robert_The_World_Hunter
Warsaw, Poland670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The Monastery is a real gem as far as attractions are concerned. You have to visit the Monastery while being in St. Catharine. However, please, be careful ... Outside there are some local people telling you that you MUST wear your mask for "your safety".

No one requires to wear a mask in the monastery, they simply want to make money on you. So, tell them you do not need a mast inside!
Written May 25, 2022
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Andranik O
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
First I needed to pay extra 3$ for the WiFi and that wasn't working for the rooms. Only in the reception office.

Second the dishes didn't taste fresh and in one salad there was a maggot.
The room wasn't clean and dark. The window is small and with yellow glass.

Third the Cleric was unfriendly and didn't give a blessing to a Christian, which is not Greek Orthodox.

Fourth if you write to the monastery as a non-Greek Orthodox they tell you to communicate with the Guest house, which is outside the monastery for 50$ per night, even when you do a Christian pilgrimage.
Greek orthodox believers can sleep within the monastery for free.
When you Check-out you also get a donation document, not the price you paid for the guest room. So they put it in their pocket.

Fifth the cleric didn't give even a blessing to go to the Mount Sinai as a Christian (!) just because of being non-Greek Orthodox.

This trip wasn't worthy.
Written April 15, 2024
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AngelinaMich
Athens, Greece75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
There are no words to describe the feeling and the energy you receive from this sacred place. Regardless even if your faith. I personally went for a pilgrimage to St. Catherine but Its a unique and cultural and historical heritage site.
The church is a fully standing and unchanged work of 580 ad from the time of emperor Justinian of the Byzantine empire.
The museum and library simply unique!
Written January 11, 2020
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Starry-nite
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Those who do not want to walk had to take the local van. The driver then droe us to the monastery entrance. Return ride was US$2/pax. Sitting under the shade, the guide gave us a background history of how the name came to be. We then walked around the perimeters, taking in the areas the guide mentioned. Shortly after, we left the place. And that was that......disappointing.
Written January 1, 2020
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Vladimir C
Holsworthy, UK313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We took the TUI trip from Sharm. The pickup was at 5 a.m. The journey took 5 hours, although the first hour was spent driving from one hotel to another doing pickups. It's a long way to go for a short stay, and the minivan is uncomfortable if you get stuck in the back. The monastery itself is at over 5,000 ft, so in January, when we went, it was bitterly cold, so dress warmly! It's interesting but doesn't take long to see. Lunch at Dahab on the way back is included. Ali Baba is deservedly the best restaurant there. We got home at 5 p.m., so it's a 12 hour day.
Written February 1, 2023
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Traveller
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This requires a 4 hour drive through the desert then you are only allowed to see a small part of the monastery. Public only allowed to see a small courtyard and a very small chapel. This takes about 10 minutes. The rest is off limits to the public.
Written September 26, 2023
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Matthew D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
If I’m being honest, I have to say that St.Catherine’s Monastery is a WONDERFUL place. I recently just got back from a trip there about a week ago and it was absolutely amazing. The view is gorgeous and climbing up Mt. Sinai was fun! It is such a peaceful place. It’s the PERFECT place to go if you wanna get away from the craziness of the world. I seriously recommend it to everyone. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So if you wanna go have a peaceful, relaxing vacation, go to St.Catherine’s Monastery.
Written July 25, 2022
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