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  • Address: Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula
  • Hours: Open 9am - 12pm. Closed Fri, Sun, and all Greek Orthodox holidays
  • Admission: Free

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St Catherine's Monastery

This legendary Greek Orthodox St. Catherine Monastery is one of the oldest places of worship in the world.

Founded in the 4th century, the monastery stands on the site where Moses saw the burning bush. When you visit, it’s possible to see a living descendant of that very bush.

The walled monastery complex includes a fortress, chapel, the 6th century Church of the Transfiguration and monastic buildings. The monastery was never attacked, so its famous library of rare manuscripts, priceless icons, reliquaries and artworks is complete.

Towering 2,285 meters (7,495 feet) above the monastery is Mount Sinai. For many, the trek to the summit is a highlight of a visit to the monastery, either by following the camel trail or climbing the Steps of Repentance. At the top you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views, plus the knowledge that you are standing on the spot where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Practical Info

World Heritage-listed St. Catherine’s Monastery is at the foot of Mount Sinai, on the Sinai Peninsula. The best way to get here is on an organized tour.

You could also take a bus from Sharm el Sheikh, then pick up a local taxi from the nearby village of Al Milga.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery and Moses' Mountain at Sunrise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See the sun rise over the desert on an unforgettable visit to the place where Moses received the 10 Commandments. You'll travel in air-conditioned comfort with ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.60
$84.00 Save $8.40

Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Visit St Catherine's Monastery, the most important religious site in Sinai on a private day trip from Sharm el Sheikh. Travel in air-conditioned comfort with ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.30
$67.00 Save $6.70

Egyptian Desert Experience: St Catherine's Monastery, Bedouin Lunch, and Nawamis Tombs from Sharm el Sheikh

Experience an unforgettable full-day trip into Egypt’s Sinai Desert during this action-packed experience from Sharm el Sheikh! Travel in an air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.49

St Catherine's Monastery Day Trip from Sharm El Sheikh

A must see for all historians, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. A world heritage center through it's importance to three major religions. ...  Read more

Location: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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