Deir Anba Bishoi
Deir Anba Bishoi
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These desert building are all that remains of the monasic Christians that fled Roman persecution in the 4th century.
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Mathias S
333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
A part of a group of monasteries in Wadi Natrun, in the desert west to Delta, this monastery has a history originating in 4th century already. It is dedicated to St Bishuy, who is perhaps unknown in the West, but very popular in Egypt, where quite a few Copts bear this name.

It is located not far from the road between Alexandria and Cairo.

The monastery is surrounded by walls and houses several buildings, not only old ones, but also a big new church for the pilgrims as well as the tomb of a popular pope (patriarch) of the Copts, Shenuda III.

Not only you don't pay to enter, but you can get a free simple meal of bread and broad bean, which is great.
Written 16 April 2019
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Steven W
Cairo, Egypt229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is one of my favorite monasteries to visit. I love the history of it and the icons are ancient. The body of Bishoy himself is there along with the last Coptic Pope Shenuda. Also make sure you check out the refectory and you can imagine the monks sitting there and eating together over a thousand years ago.
Written 24 March 2017
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Sanjay B
New Delhi, India66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
Built in 4th cent, it has several churches that have been upgraded several times and renovations are still ongoing. New murals were uncovered recently.
It's like a fortress, with a drawbridge and a walled off complex within the ramparts. Bishoy's body is still there and the church has an interesting pulpit and doorways. The older parts are still beautiful but modernity is staking claim to the premises.
The Coptic monks are a friendly lot and have interesting stories of the saints. It's a practicing monastery with over 170 monks and is emerging as a popular tourist destination.
Written 6 January 2017
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Minanet2
San Diego, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
One of the most amazing places in Egypt and the world. An ancient Coptic monastery.
The spirit of very old churches and the monks in the middle of the dessert.
Written 21 January 2016
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Emad_10
Edmonton, Canada135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
If you want to go back in history to the fourth century, then go and visit that monenstary. There you will see Anba Bishoi's cell, where he used to pray all night long to be in the presence of the Lord.
Written 17 August 2015
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Deacon Jeffrey S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
This is a real treasure of Coptic Egypt, which includes the tomb of Pope Shenouda. The monks were so friendly, especially Fr. Ezra.
Written 5 August 2015
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Mark W
Alexandria, Egypt6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
amazing monastery >>Christianity lifestyle ,pray , hospitality, historical church , historical icon , we really spent nice time in San Bishoi monastery
Written 27 March 2015
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Mikysf
Beirut, Lebanon306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The architecture of the monastery makes wonder how it was built out of desert sands.
Inside, you can feel the holiness of the place by just looking at the paintings.
Written 7 November 2014
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NanoSoli
Cairo, Egypt132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Very spiritual... in the Deir Anba Bishoi... u will find Pop Shenouda the third cemetery... very quiet and holy
Written 13 October 2012
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ClaireZerna
Adelaide, Australia18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
A beautiful monastery surrounded by other beautiful monasteries. This place was lovely to walk through, but the man who showed us around was not overly friendly.
Written 16 September 2012
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