The Monastery of ()

Just after they had lived six months in the place that was to become , an angel brought the Holy Family the message that had died and that it was safe to return to . According to tradition, attested to by medieval , they traveled by boat. The manuscript traditions also agree that they did not go farther south than the .

Recent tradition, however, maintains that in order to go home, the Holy Family had to journey some fifty kilometers farther south to ( Asyut), the closest main port. They found a cave to the southwest of the city where they lodged before finding a boat to take them north. This cave, originally a quarry, became the of the in the Monastery of the Holy Virgin at Durunka.

In the 1950s, Mikha’il of Asyut began to renovate the existing Monastery of the Holy Virgin around the cave and to build accommodations for . The annual Feast of the Holy Virgin in the Monastery of Durunka has rapidly become the largest site in . Since 1968, visitors have been reporting appearances of or the miraculous appearance of lights.

These lights are interpreted as signs that the Holy Family blessed this spot. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Durunka during two weeks of August, culminating in the Procession for the on August 21, the of the Feast of the Assumption. From afar, the monastery resembles a gigantic beehive glued to the hills: in order to house the huge number of pilgrims, hundreds of apartment and hotel rooms have been built on the slope of the mountain.


  1. بهاء ديمتري

    غير مؤكد مرور العائلة المقدسة و مكوثها في درنكا. وثائق دير المحرق تقول هذا و في نفس الوقت انا اثق في المتنيح سيدنا الانبا ميخائيل هل ذكر او اكد ان العائلة المقدسة قضت بعض الوقت في درنكة

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