Dayr Al-‘Awanah (Asyut)

DAYR AL-‘AWANAH (Asyut)

The village of al-‘Awanah is situated on the of the Nile to the southeast of Asyut, about 11 miles (18 km) to the north of the basin of al- and about 7 miles (12 km) to the south of DAYR AL-BISRAH. The monastery of al-‘Awanah is today a quarter with a church that is to the south of the village.

V. de Bock (1878, pp. 67-72) drew attention to it as worthy of interest and called it Deir Awana Cherbana. The atlas of the de l’Egypte (1821-1829, fol. 12) also registers it in its place.

The ancient part of the church is formed by a with three under deep, perforated and, in front of them, a bay of joists roofed by three similar domes. This is Type C in S. Clarke’s classification (1912, p. 109). The back of the church has a ceiling opposite the dome.

The church is dedicated to Saint George. Perhaps it is the same as the one called Dayr Mar Jirjis of Khammas (or Hammas) by al- Maqrizi (1853, Vol. 2, p. 503). But the name of this town does not appear to be attested elsewhere.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Bock, V. de. “Notice sur les coptes de la vallée du Nil.” Comité de conservation des de l’art arabe 15 (1878):67-72.
  • Clarke, S. The Antiquities in the Nile Valley. London, 1912.
  • de l’Egypte. Paris, 1802-1829.

RENÉ-GEORGES COQUIN

MARTIN, S.J.