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Culture of Sinai. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Sofitel 5* hotel in Naama bay South Sinai is a cult place. One of the main attractions here is Saint Catherine’s Monastery. The monastery was built in the 4th century AD and it is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. It is located at the foot of Mount Sinai, where, according to a legend, Moses received the Ten Commandments. Since its building, the monastery has never been destroyed and has never been left. Monks still live in its building. The monastery just changed its name. It was called the Monastery of Transfiguration or the Monastery of the Burning Bush. The modern name was given to the place in the 10th century in honour of St. Catherine whose relics are kept in the monastery.
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You can see the Chapel of the Annunciation built in the 4th century in the main temple of the monastery. You can get there only after the liturgy and for a short time, the temple is usually closed after the services. Pilgrims go barefoot on the territory of the chapel. There are 12 chapels in the monastery which you can visit and a local library which has a large number of treatises. At noon, the relics of St. Catherine are brought for people. However, even if you are not religious, you should still visit the monastery, see the ancient fortress walls built in the 6th century to protect against enemy attacks. There is even a mosque built for political reasons in the 10th century.
There is a town of Saint Catherine close to the Mount. It is usually visited by pilgrims and tourists. Those who want to feel the atmosphere of the medieval times should definitely visit Pharaoh’s Island. The island was explored almost three thousand years ago during the reign of Hiram I, who was the Phoenician king of Tyre. The ships of cedar traders moored here. Byzantines paid their attention to the island almost twenty centuries after and later it was inhabited by the knights of the order of Malta, who built a fortress here to protect the pilgrims. Later it became useless and was abandoned. In the 12th century local fortifications were rebuilt and since then have not been conquered even after repeated sieges. Unfortunately, the fortress suffered a lot from time and weather. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Be sure to visit the Papyrus Museum in Sharm El Sheikh. Its exposition tells a lot about the origin, properties and methods of manufacturing this material. You can also buy a souvenir papyrus here. The city also houses the Tutankhamun Museum. It presents copies of all the famous finds made in the tomb of this Egyptian rulers. Al-Mustafa mosque is a gorgeous building which you can admire only from the outside. Pay your attention to two 25-meter minarets. Be sure to visit Coptic Orthodox Church which has two temples. One of them is basement lower temple and the second one is magnificently decorated upper temple. You can see here the bible in the Arabic language.
Sharm El Sheikh. Naama Bay You should definitely find some time and energy to visit Nawamis. They are circular prehistoric stone tombs located in the Sinai desert which are of the same age as the pyramids and maybe even older. Tombs in the shape of wells of Sandstone plates with a diameter from three to six meters and a height of about two and a half meters with a single doorway – the handiwork of the ancient inhabitants of these places. The remains buried at least six thousand years ago were found inside the cells. Scientists are still unable to determine to which exact culture the dead belonged and what was their social status, despite the findings of a variety of items in the burial chambers. Regrettably, due to the large number of tourists Nawamis is gradually being destroying.
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Iconic cultural sights of Egypt

Not far from Luxor, in a mountain gorge, is the Valley of the Kings - a monument of the ancient civilization. Sixty-four tombs of pharaohs are cut in the thick of the cliffs. The most famous tomb is the burial place of Tutankhamun. Another necropolis - Sakkara - is located south of Cairo. The length of the complex is 8 km. Walls of the tombs are decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics. Of greatest interest is the Step Pyramid of Djoser. The Abu Simbel rock rises on the west bank of the Nile. Two temples are carved in it in honor of Pharaoh Ramses II and his first wife, Nefertari. On the river's eastern bank is the Karnak Temple dedicated to the sun god Amun-Ra, the goddess Mut, and their son Khonsu. Inside you can see ancient wall drawings. The Alley of Sphinxes runs along the temple complex. … Open
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Sinai

Culture guide to Sinai. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Sinai: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Sinai. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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