The Monastery

Monastery of Saint Katherine

The Monastery of St. Katherine is the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the World and its library has the largest religious collection after the Vatican. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, although there was already a church at the site of the Burning Bush erected by the Empress Helena in 330 AD. Byzantine Orthodox monasticism has even earlier roots, and the area is sacred to all three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Monastery is open Monday to Thursday and on Saturday between 10 AM and 11.30 AM. Admission is free. Please be appropriately dressed.NOTE: Religious events at the Monastery of St. Katherine are not open for the public. If you wish to attend you should make an advance enquiery.


Official site and contacts: www.sinaimonastery.com

St. Catherine's Monastery




Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate

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