Galt El Azraq - Wadi Feiran, Sinai Desert

Wadi Feiran, Sinai Desert

Mixing history and nature, Wadi Feiran, is not only one of the longest in Sinai as it covers quite a distance from the Gulf of Suez all the way to the Saint Catherine Monastery, is one of the most historically renowned Wadis, as it’s full of Biblical monuments and sites.

Starting off wide and with a relatively smooth terrain, it evolves into a rough rocky uphill climb. First stop, a boulder the Bedouins call Hesi el Khattatin (Spring Hidden by the Scribes) - a name referring to Moses and Aaron - is linked to a local myth claiming that this was the very rock Moses struck with his stick and opened a spring of fresh water for his people (see Exodus 17).

Whilst traveling through Sinai to get to the Saint Catherine Monastery, pilgrims using the Wadi Feiran route used to stop for an overnight stay at the oases of Khessuah and Feiran.
Galt El Azraq, Sinai Desert
If we take the journey of Exodus into consideration, the Oasis of Feiran is believed to be the true site where Hebrews camped and fought with the Amalecites. The Hebrews won the battle thanks to General Joshua, while Moses prayed for them on a nearby mount - Gebel Tahuna according to many.

Among the other important sites of the area are the archeological digs near Gebel Meharret which have uncovered a number of churches as well as the ruins of the city of Feiran, which was once an important center where many priests have lived, within the city and its surrounds.

Last Updated on Wednesday 22nd December 2010