The Holy Monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine 's Monastery
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Saint Helen and the Holy Monastery of Sinai
 

The Emperor Constantine ended the persecution of the Christians. Having seen the sign of the Cross in the heavens at the decisive moment when he was marching towards Rome, he desired to found a church at the place of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ that would be the most splendid church in all the empire. He appointed his mother Helen as Augusta, and gave her unlimited access to the imperial treasury, requesting that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre be adorned with precious marbles, and its ceiling coffered and gilded. The Augusta Helen went to Jerusalem in the year AD 327, and the monks of Sinai appealed to her for the construction of a church at the site of the Burning Bush. This chapel is sometimes referred to as the Chapel of Saint Helen, and is dated to the year AD 330.

A tower constructed at that same time survives within the complex of the monastery, and is the site of the Chapel of the Life-giving Spring.


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Δημιουργία και Χορηγία του Τόπου: Ίδρυμα Όρους Σινά
Copyright © των Κειμένων: Ίδρυμα Όρους Σινά, Αθηνών
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