Spiritual Space in the Land of Egypt

It is not necessary to be religious to meditate on a mountain, or in a monastery, a mosque, or a church for that matter. God is all around us in these holy lands. The Judaic, Christian and Muslim faiths all have aspects of the truth. When we join them up together with all the other bits, then we may see more clearly.

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation: Climbing Mount Sinai
Someday I Will Be There – Climbing Mt Sinai: Photo Christian Reistad

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation

Top of Mount Sinai Egypt

Mount Sinai is as good a place as any in Egypt to begin to begin our daydream. I recommend taking warm clothes along because even in the summer the late afternoons can be cold although there are comfortable hotels nearby. It is so desolate and awesome up there that I am not surprised the Jews believed their almighty god inhabited the space. The views from the top are elevated as I imagine looking down from heaven. In the 4th century, Christians built a monastery in the foothills of the harsh, unforgiving place.

St. Catherine’s Monastery

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation: St. Catherine’s Monastery Walls
St. Catherine’s Monastery Walls: Photo Jonah Bettio / CC 2.0

Someone had a vision when they built St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt. There is a village character within its fortress walls at the mouth of an inaccessible gorge. Cells for solitary monks rub shoulders with priceless paintings, ancient scrolls and gilded ceilings. Remarkably for these troubled times, the site of this religious community is sacred to Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The Dodekaorton Icon Beam

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation: Dodekaorton
Dodekaorton Icon Beam, St Catherines Monastery: Photo Tim / CC 2.0

A Quiet Courtyard in St Catherine’s

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation: St. Catherine's
Burning Bush, St. Catherine’s Monastery: Photo Mloosak / CC 2.0

A Moment in the Mosque of ‘Amr ibn al-‘As

The original middle-7th century structure was a simple low shed supported by palm tree trunks. It stood on the site where the first Arab conqueror of Egypt pitched his tent, and takes his name. Progressively more elaborate versions followed as control over Egypt ebbed and flowed. The architraves on the southern wall date from to the 9th century. The current structure completed in 1796, after the previous one became dilapidated shortly before Napoleon arrived on his French expedition.

Best Destinations in Egypt for Meditation: Interior of Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, Old Cairo
Interior of Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, Old Cairo

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About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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