For the sake of organization and family posterity, I’ve decided to start posting some of our pre-blog family adventures on Fridays. Hope you enjoy my reminiscences!
In 2009, while living in Cairo, we made an excursion to the Monastery of Saint Anba Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun. The Coptic Orthodox Christian tradition in Egypt predates Islam by centuries, dating back to the reign of the infamous Roman Emperor Nero (54-68 AD).
The monastery was founded by its namesake, Saint Anba Bishoy, who was born in the Nile Delta in 320 AD.
The architecture fits harmoniously into the desert terrain; almost like it was carved instead of constructed.
So serene – we saw no other visitors as we explored with our guide.
Monk cell doors
My son turning the ancient grist mill.
My dad posing with past priests and my daughter snapping a pic in the refectory (common eating hall).
Our guide made the tour interesting for our kids.
8 year olds must make faces.
There are five churches, a tower, guesthouse, infirmary, library, well, and monks quarters within the monastery’s defensive walls.
Through the eyes of an Agnostic viewing Christian sites in a Muslim country 🙂