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St Catherine Monastery located at the foot of Mount Moses near to Dahab, Egypt. In fact, St Catherine Monastery constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian. It was between 527 and 565 AC. The monastery built around what thought to be Moses’ Burning Bush which has a chapel built atop it. In fact, St Catherine Monastery is a spectacular natural setting for priceless works of art. Moreover, the monastery included Arab mosaics, Greek icons and Russian icons as well. Furthermore, the monastery has Western oil paintings, paintings on wax and fine sacerdotal ornaments. St Catherine Monastery also features marbles, enamels, chalices and reliquaries.
Moreover, St Catherine Monastery has a reliquary which donated by Czar Alexander II. It was in the 19th century. It also has another one which donated by Empress Catherine of Russia in the 17th century. In fact, St Catherine Monastery has one of the largest collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world. (The Vatican has the largest). The collection consists of some 4,500 volumes in Greek, Coptic and Arabic. Moreover, the collection includes Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Syriac, Georgian and other languages. St. Catherine Monastery indeed has a rich history. In fact, the monastery is a sparkling example of an undiscovered jewel of travel. Furthermore, it called the oldest working Christian monastery in the world.
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The monastery also called the smallest diocese in the world. The Chapel of the Burning Bush built by Empress Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great. But in fact, the monastery itself actually built by Emperor Justinian. It was to protect the monks in the region and to honor the site of the Burning Bush. The body of St. Catherine carried away by angels. The body discovered five hundred years later at the top of the peak which now bears her name. Her relics stored in a marble reliquary in the Basilica. St. Catherine’s Monastery is also a formidable fortification. The monastery features granite walls measuring 8 to 35 meters tall. They surrounded by gardens and cypresses.
Before, the twentieth century, the only entrance to the monastery was a small door of 30 feet high. It is where provisions and people lifted with a system of pulleys. Moreover, it is also where the food often lowered to nomads. In fact, the monastery withstood many attacks over its 14 hundred year existence. The monastery indeed protected a rich store of art. Today, the monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. In fact, the monastery patronized much during its history by the Russian Orthodox Church. Now, it is under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church. Most of its monks are also of Greek origin. Though their ranks include an international flavor.