The Saint Catherine's Monastery is seen here from the Mountain Sinai - this monastery is located at the foot of the Mount Sinai

The Saint Catherine's Monastery is seen here from the Mountain Sinai - this monastery is located at the foot of the Mount Sinai

This monastery is very close to the town of Saint Catherine - it was built between 548 and 565

This monastery is very close to the town of Saint Catherine - it was built between 548 and 565

External walls of the monastery - the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, according to UNESCO

External walls of the monastery - the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, according to UNESCO

The monastery's full official name is the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai and it belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church

The monastery's full official name is the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai and it belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church

Catherine of Alexandria was a Christian martyr sentenced to death on the wheel and her remains were brought here end it led to the establishment of the monastery

Catherine of Alexandria was a Christian martyr sentenced to death on the wheel and her remains were brought here end it led to the establishment of the monastery

These wooden balconies were used to hang the basket from the holes so monks could take things from the outside without having to come down

These wooden balconies were used to hang the basket from the holes so monks could take things from the outside without having to come down

This small door gives gives access to the church - the monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565)

This small door gives gives access to the church - the monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565)

This formidable fortification, with granite walls measuring 8 to 35 meters tall, surrounded by gardens and cypresses

This formidable fortification, with granite walls measuring 8 to 35 meters tall, surrounded by gardens and cypresses

A continual supply of fresh water is provided to the monastery by the Well of Moses, which taps an underground spring. According to tradition, this stands on the very spot where Moses met his future wife, Zipporah, after protecting her and her sisters from an aggressive group of local shepherds

A continual supply of fresh water is provided to the monastery by the Well of Moses, which taps an underground spring. According to tradition, this stands on the very spot where Moses met his future wife, Zipporah, after protecting her and her sisters from an aggressive group of local shepherds

Here Moses is depicted leading his people out of Egypt

Here Moses is depicted leading his people out of Egypt

This covered area has no information or sign on it - may be it was a part of the reservoir or spring to provide water

This covered area has no information or sign on it - may be it was a part of the reservoir or spring to provide water

This photo depicts the historical events from the past

This photo depicts the historical events from the past

This stone comes from the Sinai Mountain and it had preserved plant fossils - I saw few children and traders who were selling these stones beside the monastery

This stone comes from the Sinai Mountain and it had preserved plant fossils - I saw few children and traders who were selling these stones beside the monastery

Bell tower at Saint Catherine's Monastery with the minaret of a mosque in the background - The neo-Classical bell tower was built in 1871 by one of the monks, Gregorius. It houses nine bells given by the Tsar of Russia

Bell tower at Saint Catherine's Monastery with the minaret of a mosque in the background - The neo-Classical bell tower was built in 1871 by one of the monks, Gregorius. It houses nine bells given by the Tsar of Russia

The Fatimid mosque, completed in 1106 on the site of a Crusader chapel, is located to the southwest of the basilica

The Fatimid mosque, completed in 1106 on the site of a Crusader chapel, is located to the southwest of the basilica

The Burning Bush - while grazing his flocks on the side of Mt. Horeb, Moses came upon a burning bush that was, miraculously, unconsumed by its own flames

The Burning Bush - while grazing his flocks on the side of Mt. Horeb, Moses came upon a burning bush that was, miraculously, unconsumed by its own flames

A voice speaking out of the fire (Exodus 3:1-13) commanded him to lead his people out of bondage in Egypt and return with them to the mountain

A voice speaking out of the fire (Exodus 3:1-13) commanded him to lead his people out of bondage in Egypt and return with them to the mountain

Towering walls of the monastery seen from the inside

Towering walls of the monastery seen from the inside

Some murals on the walls date from the Crusader period and the 16th century

Some murals on the walls date from the Crusader period and the 16th century

Olive trees in one of the courtyards of the monastery

Olive trees in one of the courtyards of the monastery

Some believe that this was the site where Moses's future wife was grazing her flock

Some believe that this was the site where Moses's future wife was grazing her flock

Some of the trees were few centuries old

Some of the trees were few centuries old

A bush similar to the Burning Bush was located close to the olive trees

A bush similar to the Burning Bush was located close to the olive trees

Due to its location and castle like structure this monastery was never sacked in its history

Due to its location and castle like structure this monastery was never sacked in its history

Outside the walls is the Monastery Garden, created over many years by the monks. Soil was brought here from other parts of the country

Outside the walls is the Monastery Garden, created over many years by the monks. Soil was brought here from other parts of the country

The garden contains fruit trees including olives, apricots and plums and produces a variety of vegetables

The garden contains fruit trees including olives, apricots and plums and produces a variety of vegetables

This area is mainly inhabited by the Bedouins and they use trucks to move pilgrims and other goods between the different parts of the Sinai

This area is mainly inhabited by the Bedouins and they use trucks to move pilgrims and other goods between the different parts of the Sinai