The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry has begun renovating the western part of the Saint Catherine Monastery’s Library alongside restoring the monastery’s church buildings, the Director-General of Research, Archaeological Studies and Academic publication in South Sinai Abdel Rahim Rihan announced Saturday. The library ranks second next to the Vatican Library in terms of historically important manuscripts, according to Rihan, as it 4,500 manuscripts. The ministry has already renovated the monastery’s Saint Stephen and Saint John churches, with plans in place to establish an automatic extinguishing and fire warning system. Rihan added that restoration work for the library’s eastern segment has already been finalized, with the manuscripts having been re-indexed and the library halls reorganized, with means of protection provided for the manuscripts as well. The renovation work does not include the al-Wadi al-Moqads (Sacred Valley)...read more...