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Saint Catherine Area - Egypt

Map showing the location of Saint Catherine Area UNESCO world heritage site, on the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt)

Website Category: Egypt after the Pharaohs

 Area: 601 km2 

Inscribed: 2002 

Criteria: (i)  a creative masterpiece (iii)  cultural tradition (iv)  icon of an era
(vi)  association with belief system                    

Location and Values:  The Saint Catherine Area is centred on the Orthodox Christian monastery of Saint Catherine, and includes Mount Sinai. It is situated at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, less than 100 km (in a direct line) from Sharm el-Sheikh.  The area is sacred to three world religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, being the place where, according to the Old Testament, God handed down the Tablets of the Law (i.e. Ten Commandments) to Moses. The monastery, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use as a monastery.

 

Slideshow of the Saint Catherine Area:

Google Earth View:  To view satellite imagery of the monastery and its immediate area on Google Earth, click here. This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing. It is worth taking a few minutes to explore the surroundings by panning in and out, and exploring Mount Sinai and the wider desert landscape.

Links to other places featuring Egypt after the Pharaohs:  Abu Mena Cairo   

Other Links:     Official UNESCO Site Details

Roadside sign on entering the Saint Catherine Protectorate from Sharm el-Sheikh and the Red Sea resorts when visiting the monastery and UNESCO world heritage site, on the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt)The imposing walls of the Saint Catherine monastery which lies at the core of the UNESCO world heritage site, in the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt)Mount Sinai (also known as Jebel Musa, or Mount Moses) is the site where Moses received from God the Ten Commandments (now part of the Saint Catherine Area UNESCO world heritage site, Sinai, Egypt)The Saint Catherine monastery lies at the core of the UNESCO world heritage site, in the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt)

 

 

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