Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Historical Monastery of Saint Antony in Egypt

By Seif Kamel

Copts, in the ancient Greek language is actually derived from a word
that means Egyptian. It was during the 1 st century AD, when Saint Mark,
one of the Apostles, came to spread Christianity in Egypt. Since that
time, and until today, the Egyptian Copts had many remarkable
establishments that still grab the attention of tourists who travel to

The Monastery of St. Antony was the first to be established in Egypt.
Situated inside the Eastern Desert of Egypt, the Monastery of Saint
Antony is located around 100 kilometers to the South West of Al Ain El
Sokhna and around 200 kilometers to the North East of Cairo.
The monastery was founded by Saint Antony who lived in that exact
location all by himself when he became an orphan before he was 16
years old. Several followers of Saint Antony continued operating it until
today. Famous for its wonderful 13 th century original motifs and
ornaments, a visit to the monastery is a must for anyone interested in the
distinctive Coptic monuments of Egypt.

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