The monastery

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St Katherine's monastery, where the biblical burning bush still lives on.


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We crossed over from Jordan (Aqaba) into Egypt (Nuweiba) by an extremely modern ferry.  Upon arrival into Nuweiba, we asked why we bothered coming back to Egypt.  It was absolute chaos at the port ... a cross between a medieval scene and maybe a CNN's protrayal of deepest and darkest Africa.  There were people bringing all sorts (matresses, broken furniture, modern electronics).  Took 2 hours to get through as customs wanted the passenger manifest before letting anyone leave the port ... and the magic piece of paper somehow got delayed. 

Nuweiba was only a port of entry for us ... we headed up to St Katherine immediately.  We were met with lightning and hailstorm in the Sinai desert!  St Catherine's head is kept after she was beheaded for her faith on the Catherine Wheel.  They had an interesting museum of icons and paintings ... I like the one of Jesus holding a new testament (which was written after his death), the cover of which had a crucifix (which he would not have died on yet).  Makes the lunar landing seem real doesn't it?

Most people come also here to sleep on the Mt Sinai (known locally by Arabs as Mt Musa as that's where Prophet Musa (pbuh) (aka Moses) collected the 10 commandments). 

 

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