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These desert building are all that remains of the monasic Christians that fled Roman persecution in the 4th century.
Alexandria, Egypt
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A part of a group of monasteries in Wadi Natrun, in the desert west to Delta, this monastery has a history originating in 4th century already. It is dedicated to St Bishuy, who is perhaps unknown in the West, but very popular in Egypt, where quite a few Copts bear this name. It
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This is one of my favorite monasteries to visit. I love the history of it and the icons are ancient. The body of Bishoy himself is there along with the last Coptic Pope Shenuda. Also make sure you check out the refectory and you can imagine the monks sitting there and eating
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Built in 4th cent, it has several churches that have been upgraded several times and renovations are still ongoing. New murals were uncovered recently. It's like a fortress, with a drawbridge and a walled off complex within the ramparts. Bishoy's body is still there and the
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One of the most amazing places in Egypt and the world. An ancient Coptic monastery. The spirit of very old churches and the monks in the middle of the dessert.
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If you want to go back in history to the fourth century, then go and visit that monenstary. There you will see Anba Bishoi's cell, where he used to pray all night long to be in the presence of the Lord.
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