A town located on the western edge of the Egyptian Delta about 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Hamadah in the Beheirah Province. In Greek the town was known as Andropolis.

Coptic sources from the pre-Arabic period do not mention or churches in Khirbitah, but the fact that the town was a bishopric within a few decades of the ARAB OF EGYPT suggests that it had been an important center of even earlier. Records indicate that Bishop Jacob from Khirbitah was one of those present when III died in 686.

Khirbitah was still a bishopric in the as evidenced by the attendance of Bishop from Khirbitah at the election of CYRIL II in 1078 and at a synod in Cairo in 1086 (Munier, 1943, pp. 26, 28).


  • Munier, H. des listes épiscopales de l’église copte. Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit. Wiesbaden, 1985.