Mike Aquilina

Sacred Sinai

Sunday May 18th 2008, 4:23 pm

Al Ahram takes us to Sacred Sinai, focusing, of course, on St. Catherine’s, “one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and home of the biblical burning bush.”

The basilica was built in 530 by Emperor Justinian at the site of an earlier chapel founded by St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. The monastery’s long existence and priceless, virtually-intact collections of icons and manuscripts can almost certainly be attributed to the safety of its location, tucked away in the barren rocky landscape of South Sinai.

There’s more to read, mostly touristy stuff. We’ve covered this ground before. Using the search tool at left, type in “Sinai” and hit return.