DAYR AL-MALAK MIKHA’IL (al-Rayramun)
This monastery is no doubt the same as the one mentioned by al- MAQRIZI (1853, Vol. 2, p. 506) as being at al-Rayramun, although he says it is dedicated to Saint Gabriel. In 1714 the Jesuit C. SICARD (1982, Vol. 2, p. 100) visited it. Nothing remained but a church, the monastery having been transformed into a village.
F. L. Norden (1795-1798, Vol. 2, p. 46) also mentioned it. In the Description de l’Egypte (Jomard, 1820-1826, Vol. 4, p. 321), Jomard also called it Dayr al-‘Aysh, and he referred to the village near al- Rayramun as Dayr Reiramun. The church of al-Rayramun was called Dayr al-Malak Mikha’il by S. CLARKE (1912, p. 208, no. 30).
- Clarke, S. Christian Antiquities in the Nile Valley. London, 1912.
- Description de l’Egypte, Vol. 4. Paris, 1821-1829.
- Norden, F. L. Voyage d’Egypte et de Nubie, ed. L. Langlès, 3 vols. Paris, 1795-1798.
- Sicard, C. Oeuvres, Vol. 2, ed. S. Sauneron and M. Martin. Bibliothèque d’étude 84. Cairo and Paris, 1982.
MAURICE MARTIN, S.J.