Egypt: St. Katherine’s Monastery

St. Katherine’s Monastery was founded in 330 AD, and is considered the oldest continually functioning monastic communities in the world.  Its chapel is one of early Christianity’s only surviving churches.  (No photos allowed inside..the art is fantastic!!!)

It’s very fortress-like from the outside, as it was necessary throughout history.

Decorations for Palm Sunday.

 

 

One of our group knew a monk here.  We got to pass this sign to see areas most don’t get to see.

 

 

Like the view from the rooftop!

 

 

 

The hodgepodge buildings that grew up over the centuries.

On the right, below, you can see what tradition claims as Moses’ Burning Bush.Our guide said the main reason this monastery survived the tide of Islam is because the monks proposed building a mosque within its walls.  You can see the dome here.

 

The feeling here is very peaceful, very serene.

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~ by collidescopes on April 15, 2012.

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