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Approaching Saint Catherine’s Monastery, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
“James, stop photographing rocks and keep up!” The monastery was built between 548 and 565 and is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Housing the world’s oldest continually operating library it possesses the Syriac Sinaiticus, a late 4th-century manuscript of 358 pages which contains a translation of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament into Syriac. Until 1859, it also housed the Codex Sinaiticus or “Sinai Bible” which is an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, most of which is now held in the British Library, London. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805765