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Dayr Apa Hor (Siryaqus)

DAYR APA HOR (Siryaqus) This monastery, probably situated near the town of Siryaqus, in the province of al-Qalyubyyah, about 12 miles (20 km) north of Cairo, is described by al-Shabushti (end of tenth or beginning of eleventh century) as populated by numerous monks. Its festivals attracted a great number of people. The author relates the …

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Dayr Bi’l-Habash

DAYR BI’L-HABASH (Monastery in the quarter of the Ethiopians). The first foundation of the Muslims on the site known as al-Fustat—that is, modern-day Old Cairo—included to the south a pool that was called the Pool of the Ethiopians (it is not known where the name comes from). This appellation is ancient, for it is given …

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Dayr Al-Ballas (Qift)

DAYR AL-BALLAS (Qift) This monastery-village is situated on the left bank of the Nile to the north of the town of al-Ballas, which has given its name to the large jars in which water is carried. There is neither archaeological nor ancient literary evidence, only the name of the hamlet, al-Dayr, to show that a …

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Psalis

PSALIS The psalis are hymns recited before the Odes and the Theotokia. The psalis could be sung with the Adam tune or with the Batos tune. There are several types of psalis. The first and most ancient type is the psalis “My Lord Jesus Christ” that could date prior to the eighth century. Some of …

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