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Saint Catherine Area
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 6th century
Date of Inscription: 2002
Location: Africa, Egypt, Governorate of Janub Sina' (South Sinai)
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Description: The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine is situated at the bottom of Mount Horeb which is where Moses (according to the Old Testament records) received the Tablets of the Law. Muslims recognize and revere the mountain as Jebel Musa. Three world religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, consider this entire area to be sacred. The Monastery, which was founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still being used for its original intended purpose. The Monastery houses exceptional collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons; the site’s walls and buildings are of vast significance to Byzantine architectural studies. Forming an ideal backdrop to the Monastery is the rugged mountainous landscape, which contains several archaeological and religious sites and monuments. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Saint Catherine's Monastery (Greek: Μονὴ τῆς Ἁγίας Αἰκατερίνης) on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of an inaccessible gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt is one of the oldest continuously functioning Christian monasteries in the world. The monastery is Greek Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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