The Holy Monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine 's Monastery
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A VISIT TO THE HOLY MONASTERY OF SINAI
 

The fact of the continued presence, for a period of seventeen centuries, in the South Sinai area, of the Holy Monastery of Sinai and of the particular honour reserved to Saint Catherine, has treasured up in this site an important spiritual and cultural tradition. Even though UNESCO has included the Holy Monastery of Sinai in its list of Monuments of World-wide Cultural Heritage, the monastery fathers continue to serve it as an Ark of Faith and to guard it with self-sacrifice. To this holy site there flock not only faithful of the Christian Faith but also those of the other two great monotheistic religions: Judaism and Islam. Besides, there come also either simple people or great leaders in search of spiritual help bearing gifts, or the anchorites who offer their own selves. In parallel with this, the bedouin inhabitants of the region see the monastery as their great protector, as it still continues to show its interest for them.

The contemporary visitor is not faced with the adversities of the past in the course of his present-day pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Sinai. As a rule, Cairo airport is the point of entry. It would be advisable that his passport be valid, at least, for six months following the end of his trip. There should not be any differences between the way of writing one’s name in the passport and on the ticket. The required entry visa may be obtained at the airport prior to passport control. In its grounds there can be found bank exchange booths where one may buy Egyptian currency as well as the necessary visa stamps. In the course of your sojourn in Egypt, the passport must always be ready and at hand to satisfy any valid requests. The distance from Cairo to the Holy Monastery of Sinai is 430 kilometres. There is a daily bus from Cairo to Sinai that leaves from the Sinai International Bus Terminal in Abbasiya, a suburb of Cairo, and the trip lasts 8 hours. However, travelling either by private car or with a cab, the self-same distance can be covered in about 6 hours. Another point of entry is the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on the southern point of the Sinai. The distance from here is 250 kilometres and it can be covered only by private car or taxi, as there are no public buses. A third point of entry is that of Taba, the Egyptian point of entry for visitors from Israel.


 
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