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The smallest diocese in the world is at the same time the oldest Christian monastery still in existence in the world. It houses the richest collection of icons and precious manuscripts. The first references to the monastery of St. Catherine can be found in the chronicles of the Patriarch of Alexandria, Entyehios, who lived during the 9th century. Theses chronicles tell us how Helena, roman emperor Constantine’s mother, remained so impressed by the holiness of this place that in the year 330 she ordered the construction of a small chapel on the site where the burning bush had been located. The chapel was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
**** please note that the transfiguration church is currently closed due to Covid-19 but people can see it from outside and can also see the burning bush – Moses well and icon and manuscripts Gallery.
This tour leaves Sharm at 06:30 and drive further North West towards the heart of the Sinai Peninsula taking in the sight as you drive the breathtaking scenery of the amazing landscape of the Sinai desert.
The two and half hours coach journey will take you to this biblical site of St. Catherine’s monastery which was built around the “burning bush” from which God spoke to Moses, nestling at the foot of Moses Mountain. Visit the transfiguration church, the icon gallery, see the burning bush and Moses well where Moses met his wife, the daughter of prophet Gethro.
Lunch on the way back to Sharm and after lunch a chance to shop or stroll along the tranquil shores of the resort of Dahab before your return to Sharm.