Dayr Tasa

DAYR TASA

Today the name of a Coptic village on the of the Nile on the edge of the desert, south of ABNUB and opposite ABU TIJ. The cemetery and ancient church have been preserved.

No ancient author mentions it. in 1912 noted the church and its titular, the archangel Michael, in his list of the Coptic churches (1912, p. 217, no. 21). This church is an attractive modern four-column building probably of the late eighteenth century, with walled-up columns and stuccoed capitals.

A little farther to the north some quarries fitted up as cells and containing Coptic inscriptions and a niche are noted by G. Lefebvre (1908, p. 161).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Clark, S. Christian Antiquities in the Nile Valley. London, 1912. Lefebvre, G. “Note sur Khawaled.” Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte 9 (1908): 161.

RENÉ-GEORGES COQUIN

MAURICE MARTIN, S.J.