St. Catherine's Monastery
St. Catherine's Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery

Saint Catherine, South Sinai, 8730070

The Basics

St. Catherine’s Monastery is free to enter, but there is a small charge to enter St. Catherine’s Protected Area plus an additional fee to view the priceless ancient manuscripts in the library. Much of the monastery is closed off to visitors to allow the monks their privacy.

St. Catherine’s Monastery is typically visited as a day trip from either Dahab or Sharm el Sheikh. Some St. Catherine’s Monastery tours include a sunrise climb of Mt. Sinai above, while others make stops at desert sites such as the Colored Canyon.

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Sunrise at Mt.Sinai and St.Catherine monastery. Entrance included
Sunrise at Mt.Sinai and St.Catherine monastery. Entrance included
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Tired but exhilarated
Exhausting, exhilarating and exciting. Ascending at night adds mystique and charm. If you feel you can’t make it, then Bedouins are on hand (for a fee!) to take you some of the way on a camel. Amazing photos. Shame couldn’t stay in the monastery mins longer.
Louise_K, Dec 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must for history buffs and Bible aficionados, St. Catherine’s Monastery has a dramatic desert setting that also appeals to photographers.

  • Wearing shorts is prohibited for both sexes when visiting this working monastery, while women should cover their shoulders.

  • On occasion, there have been kidnappings on the road to St. Catherine’s Monastery. Follow your government’s travel advice as regards travel in the Sinai Desert.

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How to Get There

St. Catherine’s Monastery stands in the heart of the Sinai Desert, a drive of about 131 miles (211 kilometers) north from Sharm el Sheikh. There is effectively no public transport, so almost all travelers visit as part of an organized tour, often combined with a sunrise climb of Mt. Sinai before the monastery opens.

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When to Get There

St. Catherine’s Monastery is closed on Fridays, Sundays, and the major Greek Orthodox holidays. On other days, it opens to the public in the mornings only. Mondays and Saturdays are the busiest days and, at times when tourist numbers are high, it’s worth visiting between Tuesday and Thursday.

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St. Catherine’s Monastery The Biblical Sites

According to the Old Testament, God once spoke to Moses through a burning bush, instructing him to beg the Egyptian pharaoh to release the Jews from captivity. St. Catherine’s Monastery was founded in the Sinai because of a rare bush that the monks believed was the original burning bush. It’s also home to the well where some believe Moses met his wife Zipporah.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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