Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Monastery of Saint Anthony in the Red Sea

 


It is the oldest Coptic monastery in Egypt, which marks the beginning of the monastic tradition in the country. According to tradition, Antonio (4th century), orphaned at the age of 18, withdrew in solitude in the mountains to serve God.

Having forbidden his followers to approach his cave, they camped at the foot of the hill, thus forming the nucleus initial of the current Monastery of Sant'Antonio (Deir Amba Antonius), erected shortly after his death in the place where he was buried.

It is the largest monastic complex in Egypt, with numerous churches and chapels, and a large wing for housing, which however today houses about 80 monks, for the first time in over a century, the monastery expands, welcoming Coptic Christians consecrated to the life of spiritual contemplation.

Access to the monastery is via a double arch door located between two turrets surmounted by crosses. It houses several chapels and the friars' lodgings and gardens. It has the pleasant appearance of a small fortified village with sand-colored walls.

The monastery of Sant'Antonio has retained much of its original appearance, despite attacks by Bedouin tribes in the eighth century and by Muslims in the eleventh century. The oldest structure of the complex is the church of Sant 'Antonio, built on the tomb of the saint. The interior walls of the church bear lively frescoes from the 13th century, all carefully restored during the 1990s.

About two kilometers northeast of the monastery is the cave where Saint Anthony is said to have spent the last years of his life, reachable on a path that starts from the west side of the monastery and climbs over a thousand wooden steps. In the cave, there is a small chapel with an altar, adorned on the walls by numerous medieval graffiti. The view over the valley is another spectacular attraction of the trip to the cave of Sant'Antonio.

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Monastery of Saint Paul in the Red Sea


 The Monastery of St. Paul (Deir Amba Bula), smaller and more out of the way than that of Saint Anthony, can be reached via a steep and winding road. Currently surrounded by high walls, it was built starting from the inside, around the cave in which Paul the Hermit lived for almost 90 years during the 3rd and 4th centuries.

Originally from Alexandria, Saint Paul - not to be confused with the Apostle Saint Paul - was a member of a wealthy family. At the age of only 16, he retired to the desert, tired of the persecutions by the Romans, becoming the first hermit known. According to the legend, when Paul died, it was Saint Anthony who made the long journey through the mountains to give him burial.
The two monasteries are still connected today by a steep road and, even if the two caves are less than 40 km away in line with the area, the route on the ground exceeds 80 km.
It is possible to follow the feat of Saint Anthony and walk the rocky heights between the two monasteries but it takes two days to complete the journey, so it is important to equip yourself with tracking equipment.
The monastery of Saint Paul is built around the cave where he lived for decades. The cave of ST. Paul is located inside the church, full of altars, candelabra, icons, and frescoes. Ostrich eggs hang from the attic of the chapels, symbolizing the resurrection. In the cave, there is a sarcophagus that is believed to contain the relics of the saint.
Beyond the church, the imposing five-story tower is certainly of interest, supplied with water through a hidden canal, which served to protect the monks from the incursions of the Bedouins.

The best way to reach the Monastery of Saint Paul is to rely on organized trips or to rent an off-road vehicle. There are connections from Cairo, Beni Suef, or Hurghada, with destination Zafarana. From Zafarana take the road to the monastery, located about 13 km inland.

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Other temples like Luxor Temple, Temple of el Deir el-Bahari which was built by Queen Hatshepsut by booking one of our Luxor day tours or aboard one of our Egypt Nile Cruise Tours that sails between Aswan and Luxor through the Nile Valley. You can choose your favorite Nile cruise with the facilities that suit you and sail into the eternal River Nile with Cairo Top Tours through your Egypt Tours Packages. We have a large selection of Egypt Luxury Tours and Nile River Cruises according to the variety of prices and amenities our Nile River cruises offer, or travel aboard a Luxurious Nile Dahabiya from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa or customize your Cairo tours and combine the tour to Giza Pyramids with an unforgettable experience in the longest river in the world during an adventurous Egypt Nile River Cruise trip. Our Egypt travel packages also include a range of Egypt lake Nasser Cruises to learn more about the history of the Nubian villages and the ancient wonders through Egypt tours along the lush banks of the River.

Perhaps you can commence your trip in Egypt by the Trips from Cairo to Siwa Oasis or the White Desert Tours and the Egyptian Oasis before sailing aboard your Egypt Nile River Cruises in 2020 to see the magnificent Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple which is the seat of God Amun-Re The king of gods in ancient Egypt, Valley of The Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Abu Simbel.

In the heart of Egypt’s Western Sahara, more than 500 kilometers from Cairo and forty-five kilometers north of Farafra Oasis, in the New Valley Governorate, the White Desert tour in Egypt stretches. An area of ​​more than three thousand kilometers, extending between Bahariya Oasis and Farafra Oasis, the first thing that comes into the visitor’s mind when they hear about the White Desert tour from Cairo.