Mount Serbal

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Shittah tree, dedicated to the Patron Saint, Wady Feiran

Mount Serbal is a mountain located in Wadi Feiran in southern Sinai, sometimes identified in texts as Gebel Serbal. At 2,070 metres (6,791 ft) high, it is the fifth highest mountain in Egypt. It is part of the St. Catherine National Park. It is thought by some to be the Biblical Mount Sinai.[who?]

There were many granite dwellings on Mount Serbal which were inhabited by anchorites in early Christian times, and there are traces of a fourth-century monastery close to its base.[1] It is likely that the many inscriptions (some in Greek) found on rocks at the foot of Mount Serbal and the path up to its peak date from these times. One spot on the path is called Mokatteb, or the valley of writing.[2]


  1. ^ "Sinai". New Advent, The Catholic Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ Rappoport, S. History of Egypt From 330 B.C. To the Present Time, Volume 11. 

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ned H. Greenwood (1997-06-01). The Sinai: A Physical Geography. University of Texas Press. pp. 12,39–43. ISBN 0-292-72799-2. 

Coordinates: 28°38′47″N 33°39′06″E / 28.64639°N 33.65167°E / 28.64639; 33.65167