11 Feb 2012
Saint Catherine's Monastery, Egypt (UNESCO)
This postcard was sent by my parents from their cruise to the United Arabian Emirates. On their way there they visited this awesome UNESCO Site on Mount Sinai. According to UNESCO the St. Catherine's Monastery is one of the oldest operating Christian monasteries of the world. The oldest records of monastic life on the Sinai are from the travel journal of a woman named Egeria 381-384. The site is sacred to Christians and Muslims alike. Within the compound of the monastery there is also a mosque which was never used though, as it is not exactly oriented towards Mecca.