"Who shall go up to the mountain of the Lord, and who shall stand in His holy place?" ~Psalm 24:3
We want to share with you the breathtaking beauty of Sinai. It is our hope to visually document as much of the holy places of Sinai as we are able, and to offer our very best images here. All the photography on this website belongs to Studion Ministries. If you would like a print without a watermark for personal use, please contact us with a jpg image. We will work to get a print done and shipped to you for a modest donation. If you would like to digitally use any of these photographs, please contact us first. We will allow non-profit usage with accreditation at no cost. We ask for a monetary donation if it is for commercial use. Thank you!
The Three Thousand Steps of Repentance
Originally built in the 6th century by a monk as penance for an unknown sin, the 3750 stone Steps of Repentance* have been taken by pilgrims climbing to the summit for centuries. The roughly-hewn and at times nearly vertical granite stair is a difficult ascent, especially for those unaccustomed to high altitude. The path is dotted by small chapels and resting places. Particularly noteworthy are the two stone arches that span the path on the way up: the first is the Gate of Confession, where ancient pilgrims would confess to a hieromonk who lived in a cell by the gate, and the second is the Gate of the Law, at the top of the first 3000 Steps. This is where they would remove their shoes before crossing Elijah's Basin and climb the final stretch of 750 steps to the peak.
*In total it is 3000 steps to Elijah's Basin plus an additional 750 steps to the summit of Mount Sinai, but is commonly referred to as the 'Three Thousand Steps of Repentance.'
Elijah's Basin, the final 750 Steps, and the Summit of Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery Outside the Fortress Walls and Surrounding Vicinity
St. Catherine's Monastery Inside the Fortress Walls
The Cave of St. John Klimakos ('of The Ladder') And Surrounding Vicinity
Hermitage of Sts. Galaktion and Episteme Where St. Paisios Resided During His Years in Sinai And Surrounding Vicinity
And much more coming! Many more photos will be uploaded on a continuing basis!