Mount Sinai, Egypt 2024: Best Places to Visit (with Map & Photos)

Mount Sinai Egypt

Mount Sinai
, which is in the south of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, is known for a reason under several names: Mount Moses, Mount Horeb, Mount Tur... This is a place where three great religions converge at once, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Christians, Jews and Muslims. According to the Old Testament, on the top of this very mountain, God gave the prophet Moses the first law, which is known to everyone as the Ten Commandments.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

In the chapel of the Holy Trinity located right there, the Tablets are kept - believers believe that this is the only text written, or rather, carved into stone by the hand of God himself. There is a small mosque at the top, as well as many other shrines and revered places, for the sake of which numerous pilgrims come to Mount Sinai.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

Believers consider the Tablets to be the only text in the world written by the hand of God himself.
There are two paths to the top of Mount Sinai. The short path is the steps of the "Ladder of Repentance" carved into the rock - the path is much steeper and more difficult. Traditionally, this is the path followed by pilgrims who came to South Sinai. The stairs to Mount Sinai have approximately 3,100 steps and can only be traversed on foot in the daytime under the scorching sun of South Sinai.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

The long path is called the Camel Trail, it was laid in the 19th century for those who prefer to overcome part of the ascent on camels - they are offered to those who wish by local Bedouins. Along the long trail, there are camping tents selling hot drinks, sweets and blankets.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

On the northern slope of the mountain are the Orthodox cave temple of the Prophet Elijah with the famous well, the Orthodox chapel of the Virgin and the cave in which Moses took refuge. At the foot of the mountain next to the Burning Bush is the monastery of St. Catherine.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

The height of Mount Sinai is 2285 m, the ascent to it takes 3 hours. For the convenience of travelers, it is most often organized at night - so that tourists and pilgrims can meet the dawn at the top. The mountain offers a stunning view of the Sinai Mountains.

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Mount Sinai Egypt

The largest flow of tourists to Sinai comes from Sharm el-Sheikh , which is 3 hours away. For those who dare to climb the mountain, experts advise to take more warm clothes and flashlights, although if you are lucky and the night is clear, they will not be needed - the moonlight is enough.

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