Excursion to Moses Mountain and St. Katharina’s Monastery in detail
We will take you directly to our excursion to Moses Mountain and St. Katharina’s monastery from your hotel door early in the evening, when our tour guide is going to carry a badge with your name in the hand. We will now drive to the foothills of Mount Sinai, also called Jebel Musa or Moses Mountain, where, according to the Bible, it is said to Moses Received the 10 commandments from God carved on stone slabs.
When we arrive, we will start our hike towards the top. As the trip takes place at night, we will get handed flashlights to illuminate our way. It is believed that the one who ascends the mountain seven times on foot will be forgiven of his sins, but if you feel that you cannot cope with the long and partially exhausting journey, don’t worry — for a small amount of money, camels can carry you most of the way , or just a piece. It is only the last steps you have to go alone, up a staircase (the ‘ Steps of Repentance ‘), before you reach the top of the mountain. Along the way you can enjoy the unique atmosphere when you walk up the sacred mountain beneath the starry sky.
Before sunrise we will reach the summit, where you can see the Holy Trinity Chapel, and a mosque. Now Find a good place to sit, because if a little you will get a wonderful sight-the sunrise. You will be delighted by the beauty of this moment and the spiritual atmosphere, and you will surely come to the conclusion that this experience was all the effort worth.
Nb! The top of the mountain of Moses is about 2285 m in height. Therefore, bring your warm clothes!
After the sunrise we will wander down towards St. Katharina’s Monastery and make your stay for breakfast before visiting the Monastery. The monastery lies at the foot of Moses the mountain, in the place where Moses said he had seen the burning bush. The first signs of monastic life in this place are supposed to have taken place already in the 4th. Century e.Kr, making the monastery one of the oldest in the World. Empress Helena, mother of Constantine i, ordered in the early 4. The 19th century e.Kr that a chapel should be built in the place where the burning shrub is reportedly standing. The monastery in its present form was built by Emperor Justinian i, in the 6th century. Century e.Kr, with strong fortifications, to protect the monks. This place is considered sacred to both jews, Christians and muslims, and during Fati mite a mosque was built here, as Muslims protected the monastery, the church and the monks from the Bedouin.
Here you can see the buildings, the walls and the decorations in their almost original form, as well as countless valuable items that have survived until today, and have proved to be an extraordinary treasure for modern scientists, throughout History. The library includes the second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and manuscripts in the world-only surpassed by the library of the Vatican!
The monastery still houses Orthodox monks and is one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world according to UNESCO, which also set it on the UNESCO World Heritage List from 2002.
Nb! Before you can enter the monastery, you must cover your legs, arms and your Head.
After this visit we will drive you back to the hotel, where we will arrive in the afternoon.
Nb! Children up to 3 years:-free; Children up to 12 years-50% discount