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Mount Sinai, Egypt
Idea About: place
Mount Sinai, also known as Moses Mountain, is the name of a mountain in Saint Katherine city, on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The mountain is surrounded by higher peaks of the mountain range the tallest of which is the Mount of St. Catherine 8625 feet (2,629 meters). According to the Judeo-Christian religion the Mount Sinai is one of the most sacred places where Moses, the founder of Judaism, received the Ten Commandments - the Tablets of the Law from God. Among barren and very peaceful landscape the Mount rises at the height of 7,497 feet (2285 meters). There are two paths leading to the summit. You can use the 3,750 "steps of penitence" (cut out of stone by monks of St. Catherine's Monastery) which start in the ravine behind the St. Catherine's Monastery or longer but gentler path, Siket El Bashait. It will take you about 2.5 hours on foot to reach the summit by easy way, or you can hire a camel to get there. The summit of the mountain has a Greek Orthodox chapel, the Chapel of the Holy Trinity (which was built in 1934 on the ruins of 16th century church). The Chapel is closed to the public There is also a mosque used by Muslims till nowadays. The Chapel of the Holy Trinity supposedly encloses the rock from which God made the Tablets of the Law. There is also a Moses Cave on the summit where Moses waited to receive the Ten Commandments.
What Makes It Special
Mount Sinai is an ancient, biblical place which holds an overwhelming belief that did not yield for over fifteen centuries - the belief that this is the place where God spoke to Moses. This belief has draw pilgrims to the place for thousand years. Along the main route, called Sikket Saydna Musa ("The Path of Moses") there are ancient chapels and shrines, honoring saints and the Virgin Mary, which were built through the centuries. You can see the natural amphitheater where the 70 wise men waited while God spoke to Moses close to the top of the mountain. Mystery, spiritual expectations and admiration surround the place.
Directions To Destination
Mount Sinai is located 59 miles (100 km) inland from the Red Sea coast on Egypt Sinai Peninsular. It takes ten hours from Cairo, six hours from Sharm El Sheik and two Hours from Dahab to get there.
Best Time To Go
All year round. Hot in summer. In winter there are more crowds because of the cool whether.
Where To Stay
You can stay at one of the resorts, for example, Sharm El Sheik, and make a day trip to Mount Sinai. To stay closer to the destination we recommend:
Hiking, climbing, camel riding, sightseeing.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
You can begin your ascend to the summit at 2 - 3 pm or 2 - 3 am depending on the time of year - to see the dusk or a dawn. A lot of people prefer climbing to the top at night (up to 1000 each night). Following a candle-lit line of pilgrims under stars is rewarding and inspiring. Besides you escape the heat of the day.
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