March 26, 2012
Roberto Nardi
Ambasciata d'Italia, Washington
Organizing Institution: 
Istituto di Cultura Italiano a Washington in collaborazione con l'Ambasciata d'Egitto e l'Ambasciata Greca
A lecture by archaeologist Roberto Nardi, founder of the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica and the Archaeological Institute of America Kress Lecturer 2010-2011, who will present the fascinating story behind the conservation of the delicate jewel of early Byzantine art. Remarks will be presented by Dr. Zoe Kosmidou, Minister Counselor, Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Greece and USA Office Director Hellenic Foundation for Culture and Prof. Mohamed Helmy ElBorai, Cultural Counselor and Director, Embassy of Egypt, Cultural & Educational Bureau. St. Catherine's Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery on the Sinai peninsula at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. One of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine's incorporates the burning bush seen by Moses and contains many valuable icons. Above the monastery is Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Because God spoke to Moses in these places, this area is sacred to three religions.