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These photos are for the trip to 7 monastries in upper Egypt (south Egypt), the trip was arranged by PTP on 21-22 April 2007.
The following is a simple description for each monastry, the photos are arranged in the same order and so was the trip:
1- Deir el-A'dra - Gabal Dronka (Virgin Mary Monastry at mountain Dronka) West of Asyut (the first 10 photos): Located on the western bank of the Nile and 10 Kms to the south of Asyut, the monastry is built in the mountain where there is a cave where the Holy Family stayed for a month (during the nile flood) before heading back to their homeland on a boat from the nearby harbour at Syut. Asyut is a derivation from Syut (meaning the borders in the old Egyptian language) as it was the borders between Upper and Lower Egypt. The last stage in their fleight to Egypt was in "Muharraq" where they stayed for about 6 months, Muharraq is to the north of Dronka, they had to move south (from Muharraq to Dronka) to take the boat (the fastest was of transportation at that time). [Muharraq is number 4 in this trip].
2- Deir el-A'dra - El-Ganadla (Virgin Mary Monastry at Ganadla): Located about 30 Kms south to Dronka on the western bank of the Nile, this monastry was established in the 4th century by St. Macrovios, there is an old cave church with special drawings.
3- The red monastery in Sohag: Monastery of St.Beshay and Aba Begol, called the red monastery because of the red bricks used in building. Located on the western bank of the Nile in Sohag, 4 Kms to the north of the white monastry.
4- The white monastery in Sohag: Monastery of St.Shenouda,4 kms to the south the red monastery on the western bank of the Nile, called the white monastery because of the white lime stone bricks used in building.
5- Deir El-Muharraq (The burnt monastry): where the Holy Family stayed for complete 6 months, it is located at el-gouseyya about 30 kms to the north of Asyut on the western bank of the Nile. It is famed as El-Muharraq (the burnt) as it lies close to "the burning area" of weeds at the nearby mount Quosqam.
6- Deir (monastry) Aba hur at Sawada: Sawada is 2kms to the south of the bridge crossing the Nile at El-Minia, it is on the eastern bank of the Nile river. There is a cave church there where Aba hur lived for over 60 years.
7- Deir el-A'dra Gabal el-tair (Virgin Mary Monastry at Gabal ei-tair): 35 kms to the north of el-Minia on the eastern bank of the Nile. There is an old church with a cave inside where the holy family stayed for 3 days. There was a rock with Jesus' hand print on it but it was taken/stolen to London during the english invasion to Egypt more than 100 years ago.
article published 5/1/2008