The Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions hold Mount Sinai to be the biblical mountain where Moses received the Tablets of the Law in the form of the Ten Commandments. Located at the base of the Holy Peak, Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest Christian monastery in continuous existence in the world. For centuries, pilgrims, naturalists, scholars and curious travellers have been drawn to this sacred site and the prospect of a wild and desolate wilderness of red granite and stunning topography that has changed little in thousands of years. In the late 1800s, English naturalist Edward Hull proclaimed, “Nothing can exceed the savage grandeur of the view from the summit of Mount Sinai.” Hikers can take the Camel Path or the Stairs of Repentance to the top and judge for themselves.
Photos by Kent Klatchuk