The orthodox monastery of Saint Catherine lies at an altitude of 1570m at the foot of Mount Sinai in the south of the Sinai peninsula. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian I (527-565) and is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The libryry of the monastery houses the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. The monastery is surrounded by walls like a fortress and lies in a valley between steep mountains. It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002.

01 Parking with souvenir shops 02 Path to St Catherine monastery 03 Path to St Catherine monastery 04 St Catherine monastery 05 Walls of St Catherine monastery
06 Walls of St Catherine monastery 07 St Catherine monastery 08 St Catherine monastery valley 09 St Catherine monastery valley
10 Walls of St Catherine monastery 11 Walls of St Catherine monastery 12 St Catherine monastery 13 St Catherine monastery
14 St Catherine monastery 15 St Catherine monastery 16 St Catherine monastery 17 St Catherine monastery
18 St Catherine monastery 19 St Catherine monastery 20 St Catherine monastery 21 St Catherine monastery 22 St Catherine monastery
23 Mountain cliff 24 Mountain cliff 25 Dromedaries
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