The Monastery of al-Muharraq (ASYUT)

The Monastery of al-Muharraq (ASYUT) THE MONASTERY OF AL-MUHARRAQ (Dayr al-Muharraq) near the mountains of Qusqam is considered the most sacred of the Holy Family pilgrimage centers in Egypt. According to tradition, the Holy Family stayed here for more than six months in an old abandoned house on the edge of the desert at the […]

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The Monastery of Durunka (ASYUT)

The Monastery of Durunka (ASYUT) Just after they had lived six months in the place that was to become Dayr al-Muharraq, an angel brought the Holy Family the message that Herod had died and that it was safe to return to Palestine. According to tradition, attested to by medieval manuscripts, they traveled by boat. The […]

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The Cliff Churches of Dayr Rifa (ASYUT)

The Cliff Churches of Dayr Rifa (ASYUT) The history of the monasteries and CHURCHES IN EGYPT (ca. twelfth century) and the historian al-Maqrizi (d. 1442) both mention monasteries in the region of Dayr Rifa. However, none of these can be identified with certainty as the monastic settlement in the northern part of the Middle and […]

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The Monastery of al-Zawya (ASYUT)

The Monastery of al-Zawya (ASYUT) THE MONASTERY OF AL-ZAWYA, near the village of al-Zawya, resembles a fortress. High walls topped with ornamental brickwork surround houses and a church in an area of about 80×100 meters. The gate is situated in the west wall and narrow streets lead to a church in the center, dedicated to […]

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The Monastery of al-Ganadla (ASYUT)

The Monastery of al-Ganadla (ASYUT) THE MONASTERY OF AL-GANADLA, also called the Monastery of the Virgin (Dayr al-‘Adra), was established in pharaonic quarries to the west of the village of al-Ganadla, about 25 kilometers south of Asyut. It is often confused with the Monastery of St. Macrobius (Dayr Abu Maqrufa), a nearby laura dedicated to […]

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The Monastery of Apollo at Bala’iza and Its Literary Texts

The Monastery of Apollo at Bala’iza and Its Literary Texts Dayr al-Bala’iza, situated at the edge of the desert on the west bank of the Nile some eighteen to nineteen kilometers south of Asyut, gained initial recognition among Coptic scholars through the large cache of manuscripts, both literary and documentary, discovered at the site during […]

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Anba Isaac, Bishop of the Fayoum, al-Bahnasa, and Giza, 1834-81

Anba Isaac, Bishop of the Fayoum, al-Bahnasa, and Giza, 1834-81 Anba Isaac, the bishop of the Fayoum, holds a unique place in the history of the Coptic Church during the mid-nineteenth century. This standing is due, in part, to his massive diocese, which included three Egyptian gover­norates: Giza, the Fayoum, and Beni Suef. It is […]

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Christianity in Asyut in Modern History

Christianity in Asyut in Modern History A Historical Introduction By the second half of the eighteenth century, Asyut had taken Girga’s place as the capital of Upper Egypt. With Muhammad ‘Ali’s interest in admin­istratively organizing Egypt’s governorates, the construction of the gover­norate building in Asyut began in 1811. In 1822, Asyut’s population was around seventeen […]

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