Seven Mountains

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-Sab‘At Jibal

DAYR AL-SAB‘AT JIBAL [In two parts this entry discusses the history and description, as well as the architecture of Dayr al- Sab‘at Jibal.] History This monastery is in Wadi bir al-‘Ayn, southwest of AKHMIM. It is without doubt the one called Dayr Abu Halbanah by ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN (1895, p. 243), for this author …

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Dayr Abu Halbanah

DAYR ABU HALBANAH This monastery is mentioned only by ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN (1895, p. 243). He states that it is to the east of AKHMIM and that a spring there flows from the mountain and runs into a basin. It may be remarked that to the east of Akhmim there is today a large …

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Akhmim

AKHMIM A city on the right bank of the Nile, about 250 miles (467 km) south of Cairo. In Byzantine times Akhmim was known as Panopolis. It remains today the chief town of the province of Suhaj. Akhmim is the name of pharaonic times (Chemmis) clothed in Arabic. Monasteries Pachomian Establishments The Greek and Coptic …

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