“Saint Catherine’s Monastery (Arabic: دير القدّيسة…

“Saint Catherine’s Monastery (Arabic: دير القدّيسة كاترين‎‎; Greek: Μονὴ τῆς Ἁγίας Αἰκατερίνης), officially “Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai” , lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai. The monastery is controlled by the autonomous Church of Sinai, part of the wider Eastern Orthodox Church, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Built between 548 and 565, the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The site contains the world’s oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus.

The most important manuscripts have since been filmed or digitized,
and so are accessible to scholars. A team of imaging scientists and
scholars from the US and Europe used spectral imaging techniques
developed for imaging the Archimedes Palimpsest to study more than one hundred palimpsests in the monastery library. The library will be extensively renovated for some time.

As of 5 September 2017, there are about 130 palimpsests identified at St. Catherine’s Monastery. Since 2011, scholars have recovered 74 palimpsests, containing 6,800 pages of text. This includes “108 pages of previously unknown Greek poems and the
oldest-known recipe attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates”.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

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