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Saint Catherine's Monastery

Saint Catherine's Monastery
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St. Catherine's monastery
Monastery information
Order Eastern Orthodox
Established 565
Founder(s) Justinian I
Location Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate
Country  Egypt
Coordinates view on map
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Saint Catherine Area
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, iv, vi
Designated 2002 (26th session)
Reference no. 954
State Party Egypt
Region Arab States

Saint Catherine's Monastery (Greek: ? t a? ate, Monì tìs Agìas Ekaterìnis, Arabic: ? ) commonly known as Santa Katarina, its official name being Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai (Greek: ?e ? t Te?ßad?st S, Ierà Monì tou Theovadìstou Òrous Sinà), lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai, in the city of Saint Catherine in Egypt's South Sinai Governorate. The monastery is Greek Orthodox (part of the wider Eastern Orthodox Church) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Built between 548 and 565, the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The site contains the world's oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus. A small town with hotels and swimming pools, called Saint Katherine City, has grown around the monastery.

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