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“Hard to knock anything that old”

St. Catherine's Monastery
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Owner description: This is the 6th century formidable fortification and still working Christian monastery. It has the second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts.
Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's a great setting and some old chuch features worth a visit. You can belive the burning bush story and the rest if you like, and that may make a difference. Otherwise, watching the true believers was a good part of the fun. It's a long way to St. Catherine's from Sharm el Sheik, and you have to weigh the time and effort against the payoff. I'm glad I went. Get there early because the place closes down at noon.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Unfortunately, we weren't able to go inside as it was Sunday. Interesting history as they have the biggest ancient library outside of the Vatican and, like the Vatican, it is its own territory.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

There's the Burning Bush on display (though now it's closed by a fence due to people always trying to take leaves & twigs as souvenirs), an ancient church, a mosque & the Well of Moses, which is exciting for those on a pilgrimage. There's also a museum, which you'll have to pay extra for to enter.

The good news is that there's now a guesthouse & restaurant managed together by the monks & local Bedouins right outside the church walls, which is a nice recent (we heard) addition.

3  Thank agchen1
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Limitataion as to what you could see at the monastery...It seemed to be half closed and we doidn't spend a lot of time there

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

After a 4 hour bus trip we finally reached the stunning site of St Catherines. Primed by a guide book we were looking forward to seeing all the sights within the walls. After entry we visited the Church, but after 5 minutes were ushered out by a monk. It rapidly became apparent that 95% of the monastery was inaccesible, and after a few short minutes everyone was asked to leave altogether, though it was still over an hour to the official closing time.

What a disappointment! We understand this is a working religious community, and there is no charge for entry. However it is not an easy place to reach and we felt distinctly unwanted there.

2  Thank rneilharvey
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