Monastery of Saint Pishoy (Wadi El Natrum)
Deir Anbu Bishoi
Monastery of Saint Pishoy or Saint Bishoi is named after its
founder. There are five monasteries found here. Saint Pishoy (Bishoi)
church was constructed in the 9th century AD and is usually used
in the summer months. Another church of The Virgin (Al- Adra) is
usually used in the winter months. The monastery contains
remains of its founder Saint Pishoy (Bishoi), Paul of Tomah and
Ephraim the Assyrian.
Paromeos Monastery (Wadi El Natrum)
Deir al- Baramus
The name of the monastery comes from a term that means "The
Romans". It is a reference to two Roman Christians who fled the
persecutions of the pagan rulers. They settled here and the
community that they started eventually grew in the monastery
that you see today. The monastery contains five churches that
includes Church of El- Adra (The Virgin), Church of Anba Tadrous,
Church of Saint John the Baptist, Church of Angel Michael and a
small chapel of Mari Gerges.
Syrian Monastery (Wadi El Natrum)
Deir as- Suriani
Syrian monastery that is found just 400 meters North of
Monastery of Saint Pishoy was constructed in the 6th century AD.
Original monks separated from the community of Saint Pishoy
Monastery over status of Saint Mary, Mother of God (Theotokos).
Eventually the schism over forgotten and monastery abandoned. It
was later handed over to a group of Syrian monks. The monastery
contains a library and olive press. Although the monastery
itself is open to the public, women are not allowed inside its
Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great (Wadi El Natrum)
Deir Abu Makar
Saint Macarius, a Christian monk founded this monastery circa
330 AD. Son of
the Egyptian priest, he renounced pagan heritage of his family
and converted to Christianity. He is also buried here. The
monastery contains religious icons and frescoes that date back
to the 5th century AD. It is usually closed for tourists,
although if you are an Orthodox Christian you probably know the
magic words how to get inside.