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Review of St. Catherine's Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery
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Owner description: This is the 6th century formidable fortification and still working Christian monastery. It has the second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts.
Nairobi
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“Interesting...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

A nice history about Catherine, the church was so decorated and no speaking in the church. The monastery and well, burning bush were good reminders on Old Testament times.
The climbers had an excellent guide. Please remember to carry warm clothing, the mountain climb was very cold...need a warm jacket, Martin and gloves

Visited October 2013
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“A day to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Staying at Taba Heights, Sofitel Hotel with Thomson's we where disappointed that Thomson's no longer run trips to St Catherine's but in the hotel foyer is a limousine service. So within minutes all was sorted for my wife and I to visit the Monastery by taxi the next day.

At 7.30am our taxi driver Mohammed Saadi was waiting for us outside our hotel and for the next 8 hours he entertained us with his wit and knowledge. At no time did we feel at unease with Mr Saadi driving, he took great pride in his car and in his driving of it. Our drive to St Catherine's was around 21/2 to 3 hours but the time past very quickly because of the "crack" we was having with Mohammed. We did pass 4 road blocks, two of them having to show our passports. The tickets to St Catherine's are bought just past the last road block and cost 25 el each (around £2-50p or $4)

First stop was the gift shop with toilets next door. A short drive takes you to the carpark. Only 2 coaches and 4 cars was in the carpark. From the carpark it is maybe 600 yards, slightly uphill to walk to the Monastery. We was pestered by locals asking if you wanted to ride up in cars or by horse and cart. After walking up we stopped for a coffee and tea before looking around St Catherine's itself. We did the tour with our driver who acted as our guild. The trip took us around one hour.

When we left the Mon

Visited October 2013
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Montreal
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“Piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

It is worth the visit as you come down the Mount Sinai hike, you can enjoy a cool drink under the pergola and contemplate the silent nature of the desert. We were there in July, it is particularly hot during the day, we spend time in the morning as we came down from the mountain, we left before noon as temperature reaches its peak, the advantage during that time of the year is the small number of tourists, that makes a huge difference as you visit these places where calm is part of the experience

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“IT IS OPEN-MUST SEE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We had a pickup at 5:30am, then drove around 300 miles through the desert- which was BRILLIANT!!!!!

When we arrived the guide told us all about themoanastry and there were annoying locals trying to offer us camel rides- this was annoying because the guide didnt even tell them to go.

The Children are very cute, but they do pester- so take sweets or give them the remainder of a breakfast box.

We did not buy a guidebook and i would not advise it- buy one before you go!

It does take a while but the terrain is beautiful and the monastry is worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A welcome respite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Sinai does not have much to offer the tourist looking for historical sites. St. Catherines is the only one currently available and is well worth the trip. Close to Mount Sinai, which we had climbed on a previous visit- an exhilarating and exhausting challenge. On that occasion the monastery was closed to visitors - take care when you arrange your trip to St. Catherines- it is often closed. We were glad we made the return trip this summer. The monastery is different and a very welcome diversion from the sun , sand and sea of the coast, There are relics, architecture and art covering the 1000 + years or so of the monastery's history

Organised by our excellent tour operator, Memphis Tours of Cairo, and guided by Ahmed their very knowledgeable and friendly local representative, we combined our trip to St. Catherines with a walk along the Coloured Canyon - an interesting clamber up and down gullies that displayed unusual rock formations, some multi-coloured and sculptured by wind and water over the years, with a welcome cup of tea with our bedouin guide.

A very good day out

Visited July 2013
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