Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine, ordered the construction of a chapel in AD 327 at
According to tradition, monks of that monastery discovered the body of Catherine in 800. Because of the popularity of Catherine as a saint and martyr, news of their discovery spread quickly. Soon pilgrims began arriving and have continued to do so ever since.
The monastery today contains a bush said to be the one seen by Moses, a priceless collection of early Christian manuscripts, and 2,000 icons. The 20 monks who live there care for the hundreds of visitors who arrive by bus each day.
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