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Sinai's Millenium-Old Deir El-Wadi Monastery is Being Restored

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is currently working on restoring and reviving many similar archeological sites in Sinai, under the umbrella of the ‘Great Transfiguration Project’.

The Sinai peninsula is rich with Coptic and Islamic history, and one of its oldest monasteries - Deir el-Wadi, otherwise known as the Monastery of the Valley - is about to undergo extensive restoration.

Located in South Sinai’s El Tor city, Deir el-Wadi dates back to the 6th century AD and is one of the city’s most noteworthy sites. Initially built during the rule of Emperor Justinian as a military stronghold against the Persian invasion, the building later had bricks added during the Islamic era.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is currently working on restoring and reviving many similar archeological sites in Sinai, under the umbrella of 'The Great Transfiguration' project. The initiative hopes to welcome visitors and tourists from all over the world to heritage sites like Deir el-Wadi and St Catherine Monastery.

The project will also equip the area with hospitality services and infrastructure, while developing St. Catherine International Airport.