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Mountain Tours Office, Sheikh Mousa
St. Catherine, El Milga
South Sinai EGYPT

Email:sheikmousa@gmail.com
Mobile: 0100 641 3575 (Salah)
and 0100 688 0820 (Sheikh Mousa)
Phone: (002) 69 3470 457
Fax: (002) 69 3470 042

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Religious sites: ancient churches, monasteries and holy places

For those of you who are religious and want to visit the many holy places that the Sinai peninsula has to offer, our guides can lead you to quiet places for prayer and reflection. Note: most chapels and monasteries are not open for the public, with the exception of the Monastry of St. Catherine of course. You can only see the other monastries from the outside, unless you have made special arrangement with the Monastery of St. Catherine or its head office in Cairo.

 
     
 
The Monastery of St. Catherine is open Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 12 AM; Friday from 11 AM to 12 AM and Saturday from 9 AM and 12 AM. There is no admission fee to the monastery, but there is for the museum inside.
 
     

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The 3 Monasteries / 3 days

The most famous monastery, of course, is the Monastery of St. Catherine but there are another two beautiful monasteries with big olive groves and ancient buildings close to the village; the Monastery of Cosmas and Damianos and the Monastery of the Forty Martyrs. They are all set in beautiful sourroundings and can be visited as day trips from the village or as part of a hike involving camping out.

 
     

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The Chapel of St. John Climacos (Galeli Max) / 1 day

An Orthodox chapel in beautiful Wadi Itlah, built fairly recently next to the cave where St. John the Ladder spent 40 years in solitude. There are some Byzantine ruins along the way. An easy hike over good path.

 
     

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Olive tour / 3 days

A program passing by the Monastery of Cosmas and Damianos in Wadi Talah, spending the first night under the 800 years old sacred olives of the Jabaleya tribe in Wadi Zawatiin. Second day we will climb Mt. Katherine where the body of the martyr Katherina was discovered and a chapel built. Sleep in Wadi Arbain in a garden overlooking the Monastery of Forty Martyrs. Last day we will visit the holy sites on Jebel Safsafa before returning to town.

 
     

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Other important religious/archeological sites in the Sinai include:

· Farsh Abu Mahashur
· Deir Abu Magar
· Main el Raian
· Ein el Najila
· Deir Rommanet
· Deir Rumhan
· Deir Khodra
· Deir el Banat
· Jebel Tahoun

Some of these holy places are ruined, others are well preserved and a few are still active. We can organize trips to any of these locations.

 
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