Drive to Wadi El-Natrun, the birthplace for Christian monasticism. Visit the 4 surviving monasteries of the 50 that once existed here. Begin your trip with the oldest and most isolated monastery, Deir al-Baramus, and learn of the Desert Fathers of Christian monasticism.
Our tour guide will be waiting for you at the reception of your Hotel to escort you to Wadi el Natroun by air-conditioned car. Arriving Wadi el Natroun a desert area said to have been blessed by the Christ. The Holy Family crossed the western branch of the river Nile (Rosetta branch) to the south to Wadi AL-Natrun. According to tradition the Virgin Mary and her son the child Jesus Christ, hid in that valley during their trip to Egypt, and Jesus Christ blessed the four directions of the valley. Wadi Al- Natroun is considered one of the most famous valleys in Egypt. It is considered the home of asceticism and worship, with four monasteries still existing today. Begin your trip with Al-Baramus Monastery which is the oldest of the surviving 4 monasteries, and in many ways the most isolated, then proceeds to Anba Bishoy Monastery whose body is still in the monastery. You will end your trip with El-Suryani Monastery which is the smallest and most compact of the 3 monasteries. At the end of your tour you will be escorted back to your hotel.
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