St Antony & St Paul monasterias
Duration : The whole day
The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, in the southern part of the Suez Governorate. Hidden deep in the Red Sea mountains, it is located southeast of Cairo. It is the oldest monastery in the world. St Anthony himself was the founder of monasticism. The Monastery of Saint Anthony was established by the followers of Saint Anthony, who is the first Christian monk. The Monastery of St. Anthony is one of the most prominent monasteries in Egypt and has strongly influenced the formation of several Coptic institutions, and has promoted monasticism in general. Several patriarchs have come from the monastery, and several hundred pilgrims visit it each day.
St Paul’s Monastery is significantly smaller and less impressive than St Anthony’s. There are four churches on the site including the cave church of St Paul at its centre. It is here that Paul’s remains are kept. Like most ancient monasteries in Egypt, the site is protected by impressive, fortified castle like walls.Book now