July 28, 2013

Monastery of Saint Catherine Sinai

Monastery of Saint Catherine
The smallest diocesis in the world is at the same time the oldest Christian monastery still in existence in the world and houses also the richest collection of icons and precious manuscripts.

Monastery of Saint Catherine
We can find the first news regarding the Monastery of St Catherine in the chronicles of the Patriarch of Alexandria, Eutychios, who lived during the 9th century: said chronicles tell us how Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, remained so impressed by the sacredness of these places that in the year 330 she ordered the construction of a small chapel on the site where the burning bush had been located. The chapel was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Monastery of Saint Catherine Sinai
Emperor Justinian in 530 ordered the construction of a much larger basilica: the one which would be the Church of the Transfiguration. It was then that the monastery took on the appearance of a massive fortification which characterizes it even today.

Monastery of Saint Catherine

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