The Sinai is a triangular peninsula with 61000 kmē extending from the Mediterranean sea in the north towards the south into the Red Sea. It is a desertic area with red-brown mountains, which belongs to the African plate, although it is considered geographically part of Asia. The Sinai peninsula has a great significance for the Jewish religion having been the great and terrible wilderness the Israelites had to cross in search of the promised land. According to the Jewish and Christian faiths Moses received the ten commandments on Mt Sinai, in the south of the peninsula. The Sinai has some impressive scenery, due to its jagged mountains and landscape full of contrasts.
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