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Up to the fifteenth century the Roman Catholic hierarchy accepted the popularity of the Coptic saint, and the pilgrims of that faith going to the Holy Land stopped there also as at an important shrine. A sketch from that time shows on the mountain a Saracen mosque, the church of Elijah, a church "where the Law was century, — — given to Moses," the church of the "garden of the Blessed Catherine" with water, and the monaster^' dedicated to her. In 1483 Felix Fabri, a Swiss can monastery in Ulm, Wiirttemberg, visit to Mount Sinai.

Each rung of the Ladder represents a virtue, and the humans who reach the top are received by the Lord at what looks like the open trapdoor of a hayloft. The paintings were retouched in 1882 in a "barbarous way'V^ again only the upper sections, diEBcult to reach, preserve in patches their older flavor. Besides murals, the painters also fmnished icons on on, holy pictures on glass. wood and, from the eighteenth century These, hanging in a peasant house, with their vivid colors gave a room and at the same time were a declaration of Orthodox faith.

Large land were bestowed upon Ottoman chiefs, and they in return furnished soldiers for Moslem forces, drawn from the population on their properties. The Orthodox religion was kept up stanchly by the peasants, aided by the local priest. His life differed little from that of his farming neighbors. By Orthodox rules he should marry and have children (only the monks are celibate). And just because he lived like the villagers, in his little whitewashed house with its roofed porch, looking out upon the everyday life of the community, he grew intimate with the joys and sorrows of his parishioners.

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