Last week I was granted rare access to take photos in two sacred places at the Mt. Sinai Monestary (also called Saint Catherines). It is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, with a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries. The location, at the base of Mt. Sinai, is where Moses encountered the burning bush.
The first picture of the head monk is taken inside the sacred chapel. The second and third photographs were taken in the Chapel of St. Tryphon. The scantiness of earth does not permit permanent graves, so the monks buried in the cemetery are later exhumed and their bones placed in the chapel. The site of the bones also serves the spiritual purpose of helping the monks meditate on life and death.
The local Bedouin Muslims live peacefully around Mt. Sinai and have helped protect the Monestary from ISIS insurgents that live around it in the mountainous desert.
It was an incredible experience to tour the Monastery and climb Mt. Sinai. At the top of the mountain there is a church, a mosque and a small cave where Moses was said to have spent 40 days and 40 nights.
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