Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Monastery of Saint Antony in Egypt

By Seif Kamel
   Christianity entered Egypt as early as the 1 st century AD. This was when
one of the 12 Apostles resorted to the country and presented the new
religion to the Egyptians. Today, Egypt hosts millions of Christian Copts
and various Christian monuments that grab the attention of many tourists
who spend their vacation in Egypt.
   There are several historical monasteries in Egypt which are always
worth a visit. A great example is the Monastery of Saint Antony which
is the most ancient monastery all over the country. With its remote
location, around 50 kilometers to the West of the Red Sea coastal city of
Zaafrana, the Monastery managed to preserve its charm and beauty
throughout time.
   As many monasteries and churches in Egypt, there is an interesting story
behind its establishment. It is said that Antony, an Egyptian young man
who converted to Christianity escaped to the mountains. Afterwards,
some of his companions established this impressive monastery over his
small tomb.
   Featured with being one of the biggest historical monasteries in Egypt,
the monastery managed to preserve many original elements including
the impressive towers and marvelous interior design and decorations.
Many tourists who spend their vacations in Egypt are interested in the
Christian monuments of the country.

Egypt link: https://www.righttravel.info/country/egypt-1.html