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St Catherine Monastery to Receive New Complex for Tourism

The Greater Transformation Project will help restore the Monastery of Saint Catherine, while building a new complex around it to accommodate tourism.

One of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world is getting some much needed TLC with the implementation of the Greater Transformation Project, which will restore the Monastery of Saint Catherine while building an entire new complex around it. This complex will be able to provide accommodations for visitors and employees of the Saint Catherine area.


To help drive tourism into the area, the project will link the mountainous St Catherine city with the rest of the coastal area between El Tor, Sharm El Sheikh, and Dahab. The new project won’t interfere with the Holy Valley or the nature reserve in the area, so as not to diminish its archaeological value.


The Monastery of Saint Catherine’s library, which is home to the second largest collection of codices and manuscripts in the world, is currently being restored alongside the monastery’s Church of Saint John and Saint Stephen.