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Ascension to Mount Sinai in Egypt

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During my second day in Dahab I decided to take a tour to visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of Santa Catalina. It is located at the foot of Jebel Musa, the mountain of Sinai where Moses raised the tables of the 10 commandments, the main point in the Bible that globalizes the three monotheistic religions of the planet.


He St. Catherine's Monastery It is a kind of Greek protectorate in the heart of Egypt. It is an orthodox monastery of the oldest in the world that is still inhabited. It is located at the foot of Mount Sinai and is a sacred place especially revered by the Greek Orthodox community.

Visits are made in the morning and close at half past twelve. It is only advisable to visit the monastery for free if you have your own car. From Dahab or Sharm El-Sheikh depart day or night tours that include the view of the monastery and the ascent of Mount Sinai for quite cheap prices.

It is advisable to take food to spend the day. After the visit to the monastery they take you to a restaurant that offers a chicken and rice menu that comes out for 25 pounds and the quality is not too good.

Then we begin the ascent to the mythical Mount Sinai. At a quiet pace it is done in a couple of hours and the walk is tiring especially on its last flight of stairs. Anyway, if you are minimally fit you will do it without any problem. The best are the views: around the top you can only see peaks and more arid peaks in the middle of the desert, without a minimum chink of life, not even vegetable.

I did not find the tables of the commandments of Moses on the top but if a small church - closed - and a hurricane wind that convinced us to return without waiting for the sunset to arrive.

It is convenient to carry a flashlight to make the way back if you do it during the day or on the climb if you do it at night to see the sunrise. However, the path is easy to follow and does not involve too many complications.

If you are tired you will always find a camel that will raise you by a few pounds or you can also gather strength in one of the Bedouin stalls that are along the way.

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