Photographer's Note

Shrive Gate (The Gate of Forgiveness)

Second "gate" on way down from Mount Sinai.
This stone gate was made by monks from St.Catherine Monastery and you can walk through it after you choose to descend from the top via Stair Route.

"In past time pilgrims confessed their sins to a priest at this gate and before ascending to the summit were asked: "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in this holy place?". The pilgrim's response was from the succeeding verse in Psalm 24 "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Pilgrims were then granted a certificate, a practice which continued until the 1880s."

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