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El-Deir El-Abyad El-Deir El-Abyad
Photo courtesy of The Coptic Architecture

The monastery is built by Saint Shenouda in the early 5th century, probably at 441 AD. Stones from Pharaonic temples were used in its building.

The monastery is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of Sohag City. It once had 2000 monks. The fortress walls of the monastery still stand.
And like all other Coptic monasteries, this one has many churches.

The monastery retains its name from the color of its building, hence came the name DeirWhat does it mean? El-Abyad which means "The White monastery."
It is also called the monastery of St. Shenouda.

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