Egypt’s beauty “South Sinai”

Egyptian Monuments

The temple of Hathor at Serabit el-Khadim stands on a massive rocky outcrop at an altitude of 850m above sea level in the highlands of Sinai, roughly 50km from the coastal town of Abu Zenima. It is not the easiest place for tourists to reach and perhaps should be considered more of a trekking expedition than just a monument visit, but the experience is worth the muscle-ache endured afterwards. The recent increase of tourists to the site has prompted the Egyptian Antiquities Organisation to begin to restore the area and they have constructed a tourist centre and a less strenuous route with a path and steps up the western side of the mountain. On the occasion of my visit in 2006 we were unaware of the ‘easy route’ and having enjoyed the hospitality of the Bedouin at Sheikh Barakat village overnight, we set off at dawn to climb straight up…

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