Tuesday, 27 March 2012

954 EG - Saint Catherine Area (2002)

Brief Description

"The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The Monastery, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use for its initial function. Its walls and buildings of great significace to studies of Byzantine architecture and the Monastery houses outstanding collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons. The rugged mountainous landscape, containing numerous archaeological and religious sites and monuments, forms a perfect backdrop to the Monastery."


"圣卡特琳娜正统修道院坐落在何烈山(Mount Horeb)脚下,就是基督教《旧约全书》记载摩西接受“律法石板”的地方。这座山以“杰别尔-穆萨”之名在穆斯林中非常著名、广受尊敬。这个地区是包括 基督教、伊斯兰教和犹太教在内的世界三大宗教共同的圣地。修道院始建于公元6世纪,是世界上仍在使用的最古老修道院。修道院的墙体和房屋对拜占庭式建筑风 格研究具有很重要的意义。修道院内有大量杰出的收藏,包括早期基督教手稿和圣像。修道院所在的地区,山峦高峻,蕴藏着无数的考古遗迹和宗教古迹,给修道院 提供了完美的环境。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/954

Courtesy of Zane from Latvia

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