David Roberts set out from Cairo for the Holy Land on 7 February 1839, with a small caravan including servants in Arabian and Turkish dress
It is perhaps too early to predict the future importance of the relatively quiet quay of Suez, the direct passage between Europe and Asia through the Red Sea.
Men resting their camels and smoking by the approach to Mount Sinai. This View is taken from the Encampment at Wady Barah of the Artist and his party.
Travelers at the wells of Moses, or Eyun Musa, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Suez.
The convent of St. Catherine. “The front of Mount Horeb rose like a wall before us, and one can approach quite to the foot, and touch the Mount.”
The Artist has taken the Sketch about due South of the Convent, looking upon the track which he pursued from the presumed Plain of the Israelite Encampment.
Journey to Mount Sinai. The path to the summit of Mount Sinai leads through a gorge in the southwest. One of the Monks of the Convent stationed himself there in prayer.
This Sketch gives a portion of the Israelite march to Sinai. The foot of the Pass before us, called by the Arabs Nukb Hâwy (Windy Pass).
Those Chapels are placed on what is traditionally regarded as the summit of Sinai.
The interior of the Chapel of St. Catherine is probably the oldest and the richest of all the Eastern churches