I was never there because I did not feel well the day our ship arrived at the port, but my wife went and I have seen many pictures. I live in the Sonora desert which is the lushest desert in the world in terms of plant and animal life.
The Sinai and so much of the area around there is so desolate, not even a single cactus. That was one reason the burning bush was such a revelation - it was literally the only plant within miles of land. They say the bush is still there still grows, but no cutting of the plant has ever survived anywhere else.
Furthermore, the library here at Saint Catherines probably has more world history in it than any other in the world since the Romans burned the library in Alexandria in the first century (thanks, Romans! Geeze).
It was established in the 3rd Century AD just when Christianity was becoming an accepted and not persecuted religion with the help of Roman Emperor Constantine. This is one reason why Constantinople is one of the most important cities in the world (now Istanbul). It was the original "capitol" of Christianity and is still the home of the the orthodox papacy, the orthodox equivalent to Rome and and the Vatican. There are 300 Million Orthodox Christians in the world, but their existing "Vatican" in Istanbul looks like little more than a few commercial buildings.
There is a note written by Moses at St Catherines saying it is holy place, signed with his handprint. That is the reason the monastery has survived throughout the centuries.
So - I hope my guess was right, now that I wrote all that - because Ray has not been back.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
Paul, Marc and Capt Tennille you got it right. Thanks paul for giving some history.
We docked at Sharm El Shiek, Egypt and took a taxi up to St Catherine Monestary. it was a very long dirve thru the desert. We went through a sand storm.
At the Monestary is where Moses Received the 10 commandments. Yes this is the Burning bush. We went inside to musem they have there but were NOT allowed photos inside. Here is another pictrue of the Monestary.
I Sail The Carnival Dream.
The Royal Princess Transatlantic.
I sail The Crown Princess to The Southern Caribbean.