Description de l’Egypte

Aswan

ASWAN (Syene) A town on the east bank of the Nile, at the position of the First Cataract, which in pharaonic times marked the borders of Egypt on the south. In the imperial period it was an administrative center and garrison town (Strabo Geographica 17.1.12), and from an early date (since A.D. 325; cf. Timm, …

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Dayr Al-Muttin

DAYR AL-MUTTIN This is the name now given to a cluster of ruins situated at the edge of the western desert at ASYUT, about a mile from the town, beside the ancient necropolis at the mausoleum of Shaykh Abu Tuq. ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN, at the beginning of thirteenth century, knew four monasteries to the …

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Dayr Al-Qusayr

DAYR AL-QUSAYR From this village and as far as the one called DAYR AL-JABRAWI, the Arabian or eastern mountains between the Nile and Red Sea form a massif called Jabal Abu Fudah, which borders the Nile very closely for some 9 miles (15 km). There are two monasteries there, dedicated to Saint Theodorus and Saint …

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Dayr Qubbat Al-Hawa

DAYR QUBBAT AL-HAWA History This Coptic monastery, today in ruins, took its name from the hill where a shaykh is buried, on the flanks of which are the tombs of the governors of Aswan during the New Kingdom, in particular those of Koui (Khui) and Kounes (Khune). These tombs seem to have been inhabited by …

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