Library of Saint Catherine's Monastery

The monastery library holds one of the largest and most interesting collections of religious texts in existence but unfortunately, it is not open to the public. The large numbers of valuable old manuscripts (more than 2,000) include works in Greek, Syriac, Persian, Amharic, Arabic, Turkish, and Russian.

circa 555 CE

Library of Saint Catherine's Monastery

Library building of Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

circa 555 CE

Library of Saint Catherine's Monastery

Archives of Library of Saint Catherine's Monastery is the world's oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus. The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library.

circa 555 CE

Patent of Muhammad to monks of Santa Katarina

Patent of Prophet Muhammad to the monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery. The Ahdname of Muhammad, also known as the Covenant or Testament (Testamentum) of Muhammad (the Islamic Prophet), is a document which is a charter or writ allegedly ratified by the Islamic prophet Muhammad granting protection and other privileges to the followers of Jesus the Nazarene, given to the Christian monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery. It is sealed with an imprint representing Muhammad's hand.

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