Dayr Al-Malak (Qina)


This small monastery is situated on the of the Nile in the part between Qina and Nag Hammadi where the river flows not from south to north but from east to west. The monastery is thus to the north of the Nile. It is 1 km west of DAYR PALAEMON and near the east side of the town of al- Dabbah.

For want of archaeological investigation, the date of the monastery’s foundation cannot be fixed, and no ancient testimony about the monastery exists. It was mentioned by L. T. LEFORT (1939, pp. 386-87). Doresse (1958, p. 148; 1960, p. 131) mentioned it, setting alongside it some tombs where the so-called of Gnostic papyri is said to have been found. O. Meinardus (1965, p. 305; 1977, p. 417) described it briefly.

At present the monastery serves as a for the Christians of the neighboring town of al-Dabbah and is inhabited by the clergy of the town.


  • Doresse, J. Les Livres secrets des gnostiques d’Egypte. Paris, 1958.
  • Translated as The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics. London, 1960.
  • Lefort, L. T. “Les Premiers monastères pachômiens: Exploration topographique.” Muséon 52 (1939):379-407.
  • Meinardus, O. Christian Egypt, Ancient and Modern. Cairo, 1965; 2nd ed., 1977.