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Egypt reopens historic library in Sinai after renovations

Archbishop Damianos of Sinai and Raithu delivers a speech during a press conference at the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo on July 4, 2017, to unveil a manuscripts recently discovered at Saint Catherine Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)

 Egypt is inaugurating an ancient library in the famed St. Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai.

Saturday’s ceremony comes after three years of renovation work and was attended by several western ambassadors and Egyptian officials.

Monk Damyanos, the monastery’s archbishop, says the library maintains the world’s second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library.

St. Catherine’s, founded in the 6th century, is one of the oldest Christian Orthodox monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of South Sinai’s main tourist attractions.

Egyptian Minister of Antiques Khaled el-Anany (R) and Archbishop Damianos of Sinai and Raithu attend a press conference at the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo on July 4, 2017, to unveil a manuscripts discovered at Saint Catherine Monastery. (AFP)

It stands at the foot of Mount Sinai, also known as Jebel Musa or Mount Horeb, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. A small number of monks live and work there where they observe rituals unchanged for centuries.

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Last Update: Saturday, 16 December 2017 KSA 14:53 - GMT 11:53
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