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Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery
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The Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Sinai (Sinai/Sinai traditions) had its beginnings in the earliest monastic settlements in the late 4th century. Hermits lived in grottos at the foot of what is called Mount Moses, in the vicinity of a “chapel of the burning bush” dedicated to the Theotokos. Around 550, when retreat to a defensive tower was no longer sufficient, Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of a defensive wall and a basilica with a mosaic of the Tra…

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Petzolt, Martin, “Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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