Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

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The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. It contains Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, and Syriac texts. The Codex Sinaiticus, now in the British Library, left the monastery in the 19th century for Russia, in circumstances that are now disputed.

The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. It contains Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, and Syriac texts. The Codex Sinaiticus, now in the British Library, left the monastery in the 19th century for Russia, in circumstances that are now disputed.

Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai, Egypt

Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai, Egypt

St. Catherine's Monastery. The site contains the world's oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus.[3][4] A small town with hotels and swimming pools, called Saint Katherine City, has grown around the monastery.

St. Catherine's Monastery. The site contains the world's oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus.[3][4] A small town with hotels and swimming pools, called Saint Katherine City, has grown around the monastery.

Behold the world's oldest continuously operating library - the 6th century Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

Behold the world's oldest continuously operating library - the 6th century Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

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