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Pharaoh Island



Pharaoh Island

The small island, surrounded by outstanding blue and turquoise waters of the Red Sea, was once a Phoenician port, later occupied by Crusaders and then taken under control by Sultan Salah El Din.

The island and the castle remain intact. The reef around the island is popular with snorkelers and divers alike. Taba is enclosed by outstanding turquoise blue water of the Red Sea.

This town was once a Phoenician port which was later taken by Crusaders and then occupied by Sultan Salah El Din. He took the control of this place and castle and the island stay behind integral.

The coral reef around the island is admired with divers and snorkelers alike. Pharaoh’s Island is also known as Coral Island or Geziret Faroun. It is situated around eight kilometers in the south of Taba and nearly 250 meters off the coast.

If you are planning your Holidays in Taba you can explore the history related to this island.The Phoenicians were the first to use this island’s fine natural waterfront during the 10th century BC to promote trade with Egypt.

Today you can follow in the footsteps of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia and explore the fully renovated fortress of medieval character with its towers, arched doorways, sleeping quarters, baths and kitchens.

Mount Sinai, just south of the Monastery of St Katherine, is of great religious importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. According to the Old Testament this is where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

The Monastery of St. Katherine lies at the foot of Gebel Musa, or Moses Mount, in the heart of the South Sinai. In 330 AD the mother of Emperor Constantine, Empress Helena, ordered the construction of a small church by Moses’ Burning Bush.

It was called the Church of the Transfiguration. The fortified monastery we see today was built around this church during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD).

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