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As well as the oldest working monastery, it also the smallest diocese in the world.
Architecturally, its a bit of a hotchpotch. It has been added onto for many centuries, including, at one stage in the 10th century. converted into a Mosque, built in allegiance to the Muslims that promised to protect it. The walls surrounding the whole complex are metres thick, although nowadays the monastery has spread into the surrounding desert, where, coming from the road, the first thing that you see of the Monastery are the cypress trees and gardens.
The site of the burning bush is still there (as is a more recent bush to represent the Biblical story) and. thankfully, entrance to the monastery is now at ground level, as opposed to the original gate about half way up the front wall (small wooden structure in the main picture). Goods and people were all hauled up by a crude rope pulley to gain access!
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