St. Catherine's Monastery, Saint Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. December 2001.

St. Catherine's Monastery At God-trodden Mount Sinai

The Greek Orthodox monastery where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush. The oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery with a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries.

This exhibition is brought to you by the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Mount Sinai Foundation.

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Explore the Holy Summit of Mount Sinai

The Holy Summit of Sinai, also known as Jebel Mousa, is the place where Moses received the Law from God.

Explore the Summit

The Monastery
and Chapel of the Burning Bush

Learn more about the monastery where Moses appeared to God and visit the Burning Bush

Introduction to the Monastery and Museum

Visit the Monastery and Burning Bush

Discover more about the Monastery and its History

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Saint Catherine: The Great Martyr

Who was Saint Catherine?

St. Catherine’s Feast Day Around the World

Divine Art: The Relics of St. Catherine

Saint Catherine with scenes of her life and honor

Saint Catherine is depicted accompanied by angels holding up her halo. The symbols of the Mother of God adopted by Cretan painters in the sixteenth century refer to her learning, her struggle for Christ, and her martyrdom and triumph.

See the Relics in the Monastery Museum

For more than sixteen hundred years, the monks have carefully preserved the icons, vestments, manuscripts, liturgical objects, and other treasures in their possession.

Enter the Museum

Click and drag to reveal the hidden texts in the manuscript

An international team of 23 world-renowned scholars, each an expert in ancient languages and manuscript studies, are working with the project to identify and describe the undertexts of Sinai palimpsests, after they are rendered legible via spectral imaging.

Uncovering Hidden Ancient Texts

The Sinai Palimpsests Project is using state-of-the-art spectral imaging to recover erased texts from palimpsest manuscripts in the library of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, the world’s oldest continually operating monastery.

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