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Egypt, Saint Catherine Area

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Location Governorate of Janub Sina' (South Sinai), Egypt
Coordinates N28 33 22.428 E33 58 31.548
Property 60,100 ha
Date of Inscription 2002

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/954 )

The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The Monastery, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use for its initial function. Its walls and buildings of great significace to studies of Byzantine architecture and the Monastery houses outstanding collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons. The rugged mountainous landscape, containing numerous archaeological and religious sites and monuments, forms a perfect backdrop to the Monastery.

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