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Deir El-Muharraq Deir El-Muharraq
Photo courtesy of
Egyptian Tourism Authority


The monastery is near the city of Al-Quseyya. Virgin Mary and Jesus are said to have stayed here for 6 months and 10 days in a small cave. This happened after they fled the persecution of King Herod and came in Egypt.

The small church built in dedication to Virgin Mary (El-Adra in Arabic) is believed to be one of the early churches of the world.
Beside the church there is the 5th century square keep that has also a small chapel dedicated to Archangel Michael.
The monastery has also a church dedicated to St. George (Mar Guirguis). It was built in the 1880s.

Every year thousands of pilgrims flock to the monastery to celebrate the consecration of the church of Al-Adra.
"… Out of Egypt have I called my son." (Mt. 2: 15)

       
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