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    Dahab

    by solopes Written Jul 1, 2014

    I passed by Dahab, in my first visit to Sinai, while returning from St Katherine. I only retained the idea of a touristic street with restaurants lining a bad beach, where we had a reasonable lunch.
    I went there again to discover its actual main attraction - diving in Blue Hole. We arrived later, only with time to the great experience in the reef, and to the usual parfum performance in a shop exiting town. However, less touristy than Sharm-el-Sheikh, the city gave me the idea of more authenticity, maybe deserving a longer visit.

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    Saint Katherine Monastery (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    Part two of My Saint Katherine Monastery Tips with more pictures around.

    The Town of Saint Katherine was built upon this ancient byzantine and greek orthodox monastery, which was Identified as the Site of the Burning Bush by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine in 330 AD and where initially a chapel was built by her and it was enlarged by Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century where is became a monastery and was built like a fortress and they stationed Byzantine Soldiers to guard it which then intermarried with arabs and became the bedouins. It was called Saint Katherine as it is alleged that Saint Katherine, an early Christian Martyr beheaded by Roman Emperor Maxentius in 312 AD and angels then brought her remains here at Mount Katherine, beside the Monastery and higher than Mount Sinai. The monastery, besides housing the Burning Bush, also has the second largest collection of ancient christian manuscripts and artifacts after the Vatican (but are off limits to pilgrims). there is also a fatimid mosque along the walls of the monastery outside. The Monastey is A UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm except christian holy days.

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    Saint Katherine Monastery

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    The Town of Saint Katherine was built upon this ancient byzantine and greek orthodox monastery, which was Identified as the Site of the Burning Bush by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine in 330 AD and where initially a chapel was built by her and it was enlarged by Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century where is became a monastery and was built like a fortress and they stationed Byzantine Soldiers to guard it which then intermarried with arabs and became the bedouins. It was called Saint Katherine as it is alleged that Saint Katherine, an early Christian Martyr beheaded by Roman Emperor Maxentius in 312 AD and angels then brought her remains here at Mount Katherine, beside the Monastery and higher than Mount Sinai. The monastery, besides housing the Burning Bush, also has the second largest collection of ancient christian manuscripts and artifacts after the Vatican (but are off limits to pilgrims). there is also a fatimid mosque along the walls of the monastery outside. The Monastey is A UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm except christian holy days.

    the burning bush after the gate in the center wonderful panoramic view from camel route
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    View of the Sinai Mountains

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    Being on the top of Jebel Al Musa (moses mountain of Mount Sinai) and besides watching the sunrise at the top and visiting the rock of moses where the 10 commandments and the ark of the covenant were made, you can also take pictures of the views around Saint Katherine and South Sinai area from the Top if you are using a really powerful optical zoom cameras like us and also to take videos too. Just don't forget to have the powerbank charger handy in you bag so that you would not have problems on the battery life of your cameras and videocams.

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    Sunrise at Mount Top Sinai (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    part two of my sunrise at mount sinai tips with more panoramic pictures.

    most Christian Pilgrims and regular tourists climb the top of mount sinai after midnight to catch the famed sunrise at the top of Mount Sinai where the view is outworldy and on clear days, they say that you can see the suez part of the red sea and gulf of aquaba part of the red sea and after watching the famed sunrise, then take pictures and videos and visit the greek orthodox chapel and the stone of moses and then climb down and go back the hotel for the long drive to Cairo for the christian pilgrims and to the red sea riviera towns of Taba or Nuweiba or Sharm al Sheikh or Dahab for the regular tourists.

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    Sunrise at Mount Top Sinai

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    most Christian Pilgrims and regular tourists climb the top of mount sinai after midnight to catch the famed sunrise at the top of Mount Sinai where the view is outworldy and on clear days, they say that you can see the suez part of the red sea and gulf of aquaba part of the red sea and after watching the famed sunrise, then take pictures and videos and visit the greek orthodox chapel and the stone of moses and then climb down and go back the hotel for the long drive to Cairo for the christian pilgrims and to the red sea riviera towns of Taba or Nuweiba or Sharm al Sheikh or Dahab for the regular tourists.

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    Greek Orthodox Chapel and Mosque at Top

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    Being a holy site of 3 Major Abrahamic Religions of the World (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the top of mount sinai houses a Greek Orthodox Chapel (called the altar of the Church of the Holy Trinity, and is said to be built over the rock where God created the Tablets of the Law. Adjoining its northern wall, behind an iron fence, is the cleft of rock from where Moses beheld God’s glory) which was built in the sixth century by Byzantine Emperor Justinain and a Mosque (build in the 8th century by the Fatimids), lying just a few feet from each other along the top of Mount Sinai as to confirm that the sacred mountain is holy for the three religions.

    both the chapel and mosque are closed to visitors but you can pray at the cleft rock where the stone tablets of the ark of the covenant were made by God.

    chapel left, mosque beside it rock of moses in front the path the view
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    Stairway of Repentance

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    the final 750 steps, composed of irregularly cut rocks and boulders and steep inclines called the Stairway of Repentance, which is the final hurdle in going up the Top of Mount Sinai from Elijah's Hollow. the steps were carved by the Byzantine Orthodox Monks under Emperor Justinian in the sixth century AD to make the climb to the top more manageable. Along the steps of Repentance are two bedouin snack stands where you can rest and buy drinks before going to the top or climbing down. your bedouin guide can physically assist you going up or down or both with an additional fee of US $ 10 to 15 both ways, while freelance Bedouins charge $ 10 per way for the assist.

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    Ride A Camel to and From Mount Sinai

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    if you are not athletically fit and still would want to climb mount sinai, the better option will be riding a camel from the camel station in the start of the camel route up to near elijah's hollow to better conserve your energy as even though the path is not that steep, the walk is 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the camel station to the end of the camel trail as to conserve energy for the final 750 steep steps of penitence to the top and if you are still not tired, then walk down the camel route back to base camp (or use the camel again to go down if tired). renting the camel with the herder and bedouin guide is about 25 US dollars one wy as the bedouins accept US dollars too and going back via the camel ride is an additional 20 US Dollars for a round trip total of 45 US Dollars and additional 10 to 15 US dollars for your bedouin guide to Physically assist you climbing the steps of penitence and down).

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    Elijah's Hollow (Basin)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    the Elijah's Hollow or Basin is located near the top of the mountain, it is a basin carved out of mountain rock and there is a small dam which is filled with melted snow water and several small byzantine church ruins and connects to the other peak of mount sinai, the mount safsafa where an orthodox church ruins are located. Elijah's hollow is named after the Propeht Elijah, where Elijah spent 40 days and nights communing with God in a cave here. Nearby is a rock on which Aaron, the brother of Moses, and 70 elders stood while Moses received the law (Exodus 24:14). the Hollow is the converging point of the Camel Route and the Penitent Route along the 750 steps of Penitence going up the Top of Mount Sinai.

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    The Penitent Route to Mount Sinai

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    the more steeper, shorter and more direct route (Siket Sayidna Musa) to mount Sinai starts at the Back of Saint Catherine Monastery, a few meters from the start of the camel route. The route takes you up the 3,750 "steps of penitence" in the ravine behind the monastery and the steep and irregular stones were carved by the orthodox monks in the 7th century and the route takes about 2 hours of climbing if you are athletically fit . the first 3,000 steps is the penitent route and both the penitent and camel route converges at the Elijah's Hollow near the top and the final 750 steps of penitence.

    the penitent route at the back of monastery near elijah's hollow final steps and converging at elijah's hollow the penitent trail start of penitent trail

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    Camel Route to Mount Sinai

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2013

    there are actually two main route going up the Biblical Mount Sinai, both starting at the back of the Monastery of Saint Katherine. The longer and shallower route, called the Camel Route (Siket El Bashait), which takes about 2.5 hours on foot if you are not renting camels going to near the top, or using the camels, which takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes and this was the route we took via the camel ride. And the more steeper, shorter and direct route (Siket Sayidna Musa) is up the 3,750 "steps of penitence" in the ravine behind the monastery. and both routes converges at the Elijah's Hollow near the top and the final 750 steps of penitence.

    start of camel route along the camel route slow ascend the view end of camel route near elijah's hollow
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    Tiran Island

    by solopes Updated Feb 15, 2013

    The island is... nothing, just a volume of sand in the middle of the sea, narrowing even more the straight with the same name. A few shipwrecks happened in the area, and the fish take advantage of it. Not to explored the coast of the island is a good spot to snorkel with clear bottom and several coral formations.

    The trip is pleasant with lunch included, but the return is early. It was supposed to snorkel in three places, and we did, but the last one, by the destroyed ship, only last a few minutes.

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    Coloured Canyons

    by solopes Written Feb 15, 2013

    After visiting the Grand canyon (and Brice Canyon, and Zion...) this "miniature" is not an impressive visit. The solution is to turn it in a funny experience, walking a few hundred meters in a very difficult way. We had fun, in a very good trip that included driving in the sand and snorkeling in Blue Hole.

    That's my advice - you may go, be prepared to slide and stumble in sculpted rocks, but try to negotiate your trip, choosing the adequate package from the several solutions that "will come" to you in the beach.

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    Snorkelling

    by solopes Written Jan 29, 2013

    Will it be possible to visit Sinai without snorkeling? I don't believe!
    All discussions try to find the best location - Ras Mohammed, the national park is the top destination, but we heard (and verified) that Tiran Island is fabulous, and the Blue Hole... magnetic.
    Fishes may be seen everywhere, but the "carpet" in Blue Hole is impossible to forget. A little bit far, that's the problem, but you may link it to another program - desert, canyons, Dahab.

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