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While in Egypt to get a padi diving certificat, we decided to pay a visit to St catherine's Monastery, in the heart of the Sinai desert. It's one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Now a days there are still about 20 orthodox greek monks. It's a popular place to visit, since it was built around a lot of holy places; next to Mount Moses, inside is Moses' burning bush and the well.
Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's itself, and a 6th century church reputed to lie directly on the site of the Burning Bush. Quite simply, the monastery is a defining feature of the Holy Land.

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