[ digital file from original photo ]

About this Item

Title
In the Sinai
Created / Published
[approximately 1925 to 1946]
Subject Headings
-  Egypt--Sinai.
-  Egypt--Sinai
Format Headings
Nitrate negatives.
Notes
-  Taken either by the American Colony Photo Department or its successor, the Matson Photo Service.
-  Title from negative sleeve.
-  Photograph taken from Siqqat Sydina Musa along the Byzantine monastic and pilgrimage naqb to the summit of Mount Sinai (Biblical Sinai) and above the chapel of Our Lady of the Storehouse, The Virgin Mary (Oikonimissa or Bursar), looking northwest and showing the rock walls of the naqb to the right and left and the chapel and the mountain path in the foreground, the vicinity of Wadi El Dier (Biblical Holy Valley) and the mountain slopes of Gebel 'Arribeh and Gebel El Dier (Selib-Baraka) from the right to the centre in the background, and the vicinity of Wadi EL Sheikh and the mountain range of Gebel El Sana' and Ras Abu Zeituna in upper-left corner, form a 4.5km distance. (Source: A. Shams, Sinai Peninsula Research, 2018)
-  Siqqat Sydina Musa is recognised as the traditional naqb followed by prophet Moses to the summit of Biblical Mount Sinai. The monks paved the path using 3,750 rock steps from Saint Catherine Monastery to the summit in 4th-7th centuries CE, in addition to mountain chapels and Byzantine monastic structures scattered across the valley and on the plateau of Biblical Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai, including ruined buildings (dwellings), hermit cells, prayer niches, rock-paved paths, rock inscriptions and agricultural plots (water dams, reservoirs & cisterns, conduits and retaining walls). The Byzantine monks, pilgrims and travellers (and later tourists) traversed the same route in the footsteps of Moses to the summit of Mount Sinai since 4th century CE, until the construction of Siqqat Abbas Basha in 1853-54 CE, by Abbas Helmi I the Khedive of Egypt (1849-54). Several ancient monastic and pilgrimage routes lead to the plateau. The chapel of Our Lady of the Storehouse, The Virgin Mary (Oikonimissa or Bursar) was built in 9th-10th centuries CE at the site of the vision of Virgin Mary by the Economos of Saint Catherine Monastery, on a final ascent to the holy summit before abounding the monastery as a result of a plague of fleas and shortages in food. The miracle saved the monks according to the tradition. (Source: A. Shams, Sinai Peninsula Research, 2018)
-  On guide card: Sinai, see p. 437-462.
-  Gift; Episcopal Home; 1978.
Medium
1 negative : nitrate ; 4 x 5 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
LC-M33- 80100-x [P&P]
Source Collection
G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
matpc 13519 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.13519
Control Number
mpc2005008147/PP
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-matpc-13519 (digital file from original photo)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 negative : nitrate ; 4 x 5 in.

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