For security reasons, the Monastery was not accessible at ground level until the mid 20th century. Access into the Monastery was only by means of a windlass or rope lift ‘fatuli’. It was operated by means of a large winch which as turned would haul a person up who was secured by means of a hoop rope.

Next to the ‘fatuli’ is a smaller rope lift ‘matama’. This rope lift was used for receiving food deliveries from the Monastery’s Dependency at Bush in the Nile Valley, as well as to lower food for Bedouin.