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Al-Shaykh Sa‘Id

AL-SHAYKH SA‘ID Less than 2 miles (about 3 km) south of the village of al-Barsha, on the right bank of the Nile, are some tombs from ancient Egypt, known as the tombs of al-Shaykh Sa‘id. They were later fitted up as dwellings, like those of Bani Hasan, and one of them served as a chapel. …

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Dayr Al-Rumaniyyah

DAYR AL-RUMANIYYAH On the right bank of the Nile, about 2 miles (3 km) north of the town of Isna, is situated the village of al-Dayr (the Monastery), the name of which suggests a monastic origin. Near this village are the ruins that the inhabitants call DAYR AL-RUMANIYYAH (the Greek Monastery). This is without doubt …

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Dayr Al-Madinah

DAYR AL-MADINAH History This small monastery is situated on the left bank of the Nile, opposite Luxor. The area around the dayr is known as West Thebes. The monastery was installed in the ruins of a small temple of the Ptolemaic period dedicated to the goddess Hathor. It was given its name, Monastery of the …

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Jabal Al-Silsilah

JABAL AL-SILSILAH Mountain of the chain, so-called because the Nile at this place presents a narrow defile and was formally closed, it is said, by a chain, site of the ruins of a Coptic monastery. A Roman and Christian cemetery is situated between the ruins of the Coptic monastery and the village of Faris. Greek …

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