Day Trip from Kairo: Guided Tour to Monasteries of Wadi El Natrun

Wadi El-Natrun

Explore the monasteries of Wadi El-Natrun and learn more about the fascinating Coptic heritage, art and architecture.

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Explore the monasteries of Wadi El-Natrun and learn more about the fascinating Coptic heritage, art and architecture.

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  • Language: Englisch, Deutsch, Spanisch, Französisch, Italienisch
  • Participants: 2 - 10
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Your experience

Highlights

  • Visit the actual birthplace of Christian monasticism
  • Explore the Roman Monastery, the Saint Bishoi's Monastery and the Syrian Monastery and learn more about their fascinating background
  • Enjoy a comfortable private transport

Description

The monasteries of Wadi El-Natrun are some of the earliest Christian monasteries in the world and played an important role for the history of the Coptic Christian church. Between the 4th century and the 7th century A.D., Saint Macarius of Egypt moved to the desert and attracted many people to join the monasteries. The monasteries flourished during the Muslim conquest of Egypt but due to conflicts with the Muslim government, most of the monasteries were abandoned or destroyed in the following centuries. Four of them have remained in use until today, but only three of them are possible to visit.

You will meet your guide at the hotel and with a modern and air-conditioned car you will drive towards your first destination, the Monastery of Deir El Baramous. Start your tour with a visit of the Monastery of Deir El Baramous, also known as the Roman Monastery. Gaze at the magnificent icons and wall paintings of one of the oldest and most remote monasteries in the region.

Afterwards you will head towards the Saint Bishoi's Monastery. Visit the church and look at the coffin of the monastery's founder Saint Bishoi. Explore the new cathedral and wander around the charming garden. After some time to relax in the lovely garden, you can climb up the rooftop of the monastery and enjoy a breathtaking view over the desert.

Finally, you will visit the Syrian Monastery which is known for its stunning religious artworks such as frescoes and icons. Admire the famous altar door and learn more about its fascinating symbolism. Take a look at the mysterious wall paintings and find out about their meaning.

Please note

Included in the price

  • An experienced tour guide
  • Transfer with a modern, air-conditioned car
  • Graduities

Meeting point

Your hotel.

Cancellation Conditions

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 2 days before the date of the activity.

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