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Sunrise From the Peak

Sunrise from the peak of Mount Sinai.

Sunrise Panorama

A panoramic view of sunrise at the peak of Mount Sinai.

Δόξα σοι τῷ δείξαντι τὸ φῶς.
Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ, καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία.

Glory to thee who hast shewed the light.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, among men good will.

The Chapel at the Peak

The chapel at the peak of Mount Sinai at sunrise.

Ancient Path

Centuries ago, large stones were put in place to mark the paths that wind through the Sinai plateau.

The First Arch Descending

The first arch on descending the Steps of Repentance in late afternoon.

The First Arch

On making the ascent by the ancient Steps of Repentance, pilgrims pass the Chapel of the Oikonomissa, and then climb to the first of two arches.

The arch is visible high above.

A view from the landing below the arch.

On the left, a faint inscription shows a hand with an extended index finger pointing to the Greek word OPOY, ‘of the mountain’, surmounted by a cross. A diagram below directs the pilgrim to pass through the arch and bear left.

Stone Dam

To the left, one can see the ruins of a stone dam built to retain the rainwater. This replenished the wells, and provided water for simple gardens on the high Sinai plateau.

Weathered Boulders

Erosion over many years has weathered massive granite boulders into gentle wave patterns.

View from a Cliff

From the edge of a cliff, the monastery can be seen far below just at sunrise.

Chapels in Dappled Sunlight

The Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai viewed from a precipice above, and in the distance, the Chapel of Saint John the Forerunner.