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Deir El-Suryan Deir El-Suryan
Photo by Victor Kondos © 2004

The monastery is only few hundred meters to the northwest of DeirWhat does it mean? AnbaWhat does it mean? Beshoi. It was also built by St. Beshoi. It has an interesting cell where St. Beshoi is said to have prayed with his hair tied with a chain to the roof to prevent him from sleeping.

The monastery was acquired by Syrian monks at some time and this is why it gained its modern name "Al-Suryan" which means (the Syrians). The name is shortened from the monastery's long name: "Monastery of Saint Mary the Virgin the Lady of the Syrians."

The monastery has a rich library with hundreds of manuscripts and a museum.

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