Monday, April 26, 2010

Historical Timeline of Sinai Part 4

The Byzantine Period

In the Byzantine period, the center of action returned to southern Sinai especially around Jebel Musa and the oasis in Wadi Feran – where from the 4th century AD on, pilgrims sought out sacred sites in the mountains.

This area became a centre of Byzantine monasticism. In the 6th century, St. Catherine's Monastery was built by Emperor Justinian at the foot of Jebel Musa, not to mention the ruins of chapels and churches in Wadi Feran (4th & 5th centuries) which was the center of the Christian community in the Sinai until the invasion of the Arabs with Islam in the 7th century.h

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