Egypt – Sinai 3-13 October 2008
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Mount Sinai or, as it is called by the Egyptians, Mount Moses is located in the north of Egypt and is one of the Christian shrines. Here, according to the Biblical tradition, the Lord gave Moses the Tablets of the Covenant (stone tablets with the ten commandments inscribed on them). Here, for the first time, God appeared to Moses in the form of a Burning Bush (a burning and non-burning bush of thorns) and called on him to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land.
Mount Sinai is a place of a kind of pilgrimage feat: there is a belief that a person who overcame 3,750 steps cut by Christian monks in the rocks, climbed Mount Sinai and met the dawn on its top, is absolved of all sins.
Mount Sinai is the center of Christian shrines. The main one is the current monastery of St. Nicholas.Catherine (Greek), where the selfless monastic life has not stopped since the VI century. The monastery houses one of the world’s most valuable collections of ancient manuscripts and icons. On the site of the appearance of the Burning Bush stands a small church, in the courtyard of which the ever-living incarnation of Revelation is green-a thorn tree that can put out new branches from the old root. Basilica of the Transfiguration under the roof with cypress rafters, storing the relics of St. Nicholas. Catherine, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, in the crypt of which monks are still buried in accordance with the ancient Greek tradition, the monasteries behind a high fence, closed to the public, the Church of the Trinity – this is not a complete list of “witnesses” of the events of the early Christian era on the sacred Mount Sinai. Visiting these unique historical monuments, you will make many amazing discoveries for yourself.