Originally founded by the Emperor St. [[Justinian the Great]] in 527, the monastery has weathered numerous changes in the history of the region, including the invasion of [[Islam]], whose founder Mohammed himself guaranteed protection for the monastery. (The monastery still has possession of a written document from Mohammed to prove it.) In the 9th century, the site was associated with St. [[Catherine of Alexandria]] (whose [[relics]] were miraculously transported there) and it became a favourite site for [[pilgrimage]]s.
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