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St Catherine Monastery Private Tour From Sharm El Sheikh

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Day tour to the famous monastery of St Catherine to visit its shrines and holy places

Highlights

  • Discover The Chapel of the Burning Bush
  • Visit The Church of the Transfiguration
  • Explore The monastery's library, a repository of ancient manuscripts

Description

Embarking on a private tour from Sharm El Sheikh to St. Catherine's Monastery unveils a captivating journey through time and spirituality. Tucked at the foothills of Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula, the monastery stands as an ancient beacon of Christian history and cultural significance. The excursion begins in Sharm El Sheikh, a bustling resort town along the Red Sea known for its sun-kissed beaches and lively ambiance. However, as travelers venture towards St. Catherine's Monastery, they leave behind the coastal allure and embark on a pilgrimage to a site where religious heritage meets the arid beauty of the Sinai Desert. The drive from Sharm El Sheikh to St. Catherine's Monastery takes approximately two to three hours, traversing the vast and rugged landscapes of the Sinai Peninsula. This journey offers a unique opportunity to witness the stark and captivating beauty of the desert, creating a stark contrast to the modernity left behind. Upon arrival at St. Catherine's Monastery, visitors are greeted by ancient walls and fortifications that have withstood centuries of history. The Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai, as it is officially known, dates back to the 4th century, making it one of the oldest Christian monastic communities globally. The guided tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, provides an immersive exploration of the monastery's various sections. These include the Chapel of the Burning Bush, the Church of the Transfiguration, and the renowned library, which houses a remarkable collection of ancient manuscripts and religious texts. The Chapel of the Burning Bush holds a special place in the hearts of pilgrims, believed to be the site where Moses encountered the burning bush and received the Ten Commandments. The guide skillfully narrates the biblical stories, making them come alive within the sacred walls of the monastery. The Church of the Transfiguration, characterized by its iconic dome and Byzantine architecture, stands as a testament to the enduring faith of the monastery's inhabitants. Adorned with vibrant frescoes and religious artwork, the church provides a visual journey through the ages. The monastery's library, a repository of ancient manuscripts and documents, opens a window into the intellectual legacy of St. Catherine's. Housing texts in languages like Greek, Arabic, and Syriac, the library has attracted scholars and researchers from around the world.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off. Transfer to the monastery on a private AC vehicle. Entrance fees to Saint Catherine protectorate. Tour guide. Lunch at the beach in Dahab

Important Information

  • The tour runs under convoy

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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