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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

The Monastery of St. Paul

Saint. Paul

St. Paul was born in Alexandria in 228 AD. While he was still a teenager his father died, so he decided to become a hermit, living a simple life. At the age of 16 he became a Christian and then escaped Alexandria to avoid the Roman persecution.st Paul

According to one story, God send him an angel who guided him to the western desert, where he would live alone as a hermit. The same story relates how God sent him a crow everyday, which carried half a loaf of bread. One day St. Anthony joined him, and when the crow came, it had a full loaf of bread. St. Paul then realized that it was God who had sent St. Anthony, after 80 years of being worshipped in solitude.

St. Anthony went back to his patriarch to tell him of the holiness of St. Paul, then returned back the cave where St. Paul was living: to find him dead. He became confused, and did not know what to do with the Holy body, as he had nothing to dig the ground with so that he could bury him, until he saw two lions standing by the door of the cave, which approached the corpse and used their claws to dig in the ground. St. Anthony put St. Paul’s body into this hole and buried him. This is why whenever you see an icon for St. Paul, either in the monastery, or the in the Coptic museum in Cairo, it shows him a flanked by two lions, with a crow above his head.

The Monastery of St. Paul,  Egypt

The monastery is about 40 Km to the south of the monastery of St. Anthony, and is built on a high hill. It covers an area of about 5 acres of land. It is rectangular in shape, 200 meters long by 100 metres wide, and has an enclosure wall that is 2 metres thick.

The Monastery consists of:

The Church of St. Paul
This is the oldest structure in the whole monastery. It was built on top of the cave where St. Paul had lived for 80 years in the wilderness of the desert. The cave is 3 metres below sea level, and is reachable by a staircase: at the end of it there are 3 sanctuaries

The Church of St. John the Baptist


It is built on top of St. Paul’s church, and has only one sanctuary. It contains a little library.

The Church of St. Michael

It has three sanctuaries, and it is divided into four sections of equal size. It is covered with 12 domes. The monastery also has the remains of an old fortress that has a little guesthouse, storerooms, and a garden.

 

Tourists who visit this site also visit the following sites:

The Coptic Museum
The Coptic Museum in Cairo is located inside the ruins of the Roman Babylon Fort
St catherine Monstery

Built at the Burning Bush site; where it is believed that Moses received the two tablets.

The Hanging Church
The Hanging Church is considered the oldest church in the area of Al-Fustat (Old Cairo).
Wadi EL-Natrun

Today it is the centre of many monasteries dating back to the fourth century AD.