Icons and religious objects found in Egypt

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Egypt, 4 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Saint Catherine’s monastery has not yet unveiled all of its treasures, as proved by a research team’s recent discovery of a hundred religious objects and icons dating from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries.

Saint Catherine’s monastery is a landmark of spirituality. It is also known as the monastery of the Transfiguration. At an altitude of 1,600 metres, it is located at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the ten commandments. In 2002, Saint-Catherine’s  was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Orthodox monastery is of great interest to researchers.

The newly-discovered objects resemble Russian religious objects and were therefore repatriated to Russia. They will be thoroughly investigated and examined by the country’s scientists. Discoveries of this nature are rare, as the area has undergone numerous conflicts and been destroyed several times by invading forces.

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