Coptic art in the Coptic museum

Coptic art in the Coptic museum Coptic art began to emerge in Egypt around 300 A.D. In form, style, and content it was quite different from the art of Pharaonic Egypt. How’ did this come about? Broadly speaking, there were two causes. The first is that indigenous Egyptian art had been in contact with the […]

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The churches of old cairo

The churches of old Cairo INTRODUCTION Cairo has been the capital of Egypt for more than one thousand years, but the actual city and history of Cairo are the legacy of many previous capitals of Egypt, of great cultural centers and successive civilizations founded there. The earliest was a predynastic settle­ment dating from the 4th […]

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The White Monastery (SOHAG)

The White Monastery (SOHAG)  SHENUTE OF ATRIPE (d. ca. 465) was five or seven years old when his father entrusted him to his maternal uncle, the monk St. Bigul. After a vision that the boy would be a great leader of men, St. Bigul made him a monk and kept him with him. Shenute […]

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The Monastery of St. Hadra / Hatre (ASWAN)

The Monastery of St. Hadra / Hatre (ASWAN) SAINT HATRE (ANBA HADRA) WAS THE SON of Christian parents who lived as a hermit in a cave near the city. His reputation as a healer of mental and physical illness grew quickly and he was ordained bishop of Aswan under Patriarch Theophilus (385-412). Where St. Hatre’s […]

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The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq

The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq, Mount Qusqam: Reflections of Its Monks Today Introduction The value of ancient monuments, sometimes, is not in the material they are made of, but rather in their living heritage and ancestral spirit.[1] How much more it is if these were blessed by the Lord himself, such […]

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Fig. 9. Tetraconch Church at Abu Mina

The Architecture of Coptic Churches

The Architecture of Coptic Churches THE CHRISTIANS OF EGYPT OFTEN FOUND THEMSELVES facing the monumental architecture of the pharaonic past. The grand limestone and colorful granite temple complexes of the ancient gods were still active in the first centuries under the patronage of the Roman emperors; paganism was certainly not overshadowed by the rise of […]

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Exterior view of the Anglican Church of St. Mark from the road on Tahrir Square.

The Anglican Church of St. Mark (ALEXANDRIA)

The Anglican Church of St. Mark (ALEXANDRIA) THIS SPECTACULAR CHURCH IS LOCATED IN TAHRIR SQUARE (al-Manshiya). Muhammad ‘Ali offered the land for the church to the Anglican community in the early nineteenth century. The church foundation stone was laid in 1839, but because of some difficulties, construction was delayed for fifteen years. In April 1855 […]

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Interior view toward the entrance.

The Catholic Cathedral of St. Mark (SHUBRA)

The Catholic Cathedral of St. Mark (SHUBRA) THE CATHEDRAL IS SITUATED ON AL-BI’THA (Mission) Street in Shubra. The street is named after the Society of African Missions, whose fathers served at the cathedral. The imposing cathedral was constructed in 1907. It is very rich in altars and sculptures but has no paintings. The cathedral’s main […]

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