Author(s): Corinna Rossi
The origins of the monastery date to A.D. 324, when a community of monks requested the mother of the Emperor Constantine, Helena, to build a chapel on the spot where they believed the Burning Bush had stood. Two centuries later, the Emperor Justinian had the building enlarged and massive walls built, thus the Monastery remained for centuries an oasis of peace, shrouded in mystery and sacredness. Not even the Crusades left a trace of their passing, except for some graffiti carved in the refectory. Today St. Catherine's has become a place of pilgrimage and international tourism. Visitors are attracted by the route - which crosses the colourful Sinai Desert and reaches Jebel Musa, a mountain of capital importance in the Old Testament - and, above all, by the charm of the Monastery itself, rich in artistic and historical treasures, and exuding the serenity that only a place of worship can. This book takes the reader inside one of the most important places in the Christian religion, through pictures taken by famous photographers that provide a high-quality documentation of the monastery.