Wadi Natrun
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There is a cluster of Coptic monasteries dating as far back as the 4th century.
Many relics of local Saints and even some bones believed to be from John the Baptist.
Monks are eager to educate foreign visitors and meeting them is enlightening.
Written January 30, 2020
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John K
Perth, Australia331 contributions
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Nov 2019
Well worth a visit, although not as visually stunning as any of the temples on offer, still fascinating and relaxing.
Wonderful people and an extremely austere and humble building.
We really enjoyed our short time here.
Written January 19, 2020
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TheShoppelifter
Palawan Island, Philippines1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
We missed the train to Alexandria so we've got to go somewhere out of Cairo so we chose Wadi El Natrun. It may not be on the top list of must-see sights in Egypt but we were amazed by the kindness of the monks in the monastery of St. Pishoy there.

The most popular one was founded by Saint Pishoy in the 4th century AD. The bodies of the two saints - St. Pishoy and St. Paul of Tammah - were at the monastery of Saint Pishoy lying in the main church of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Pishoy. We took a taxi to the main turgoman terminal in Cairo but unfortunately the bus to wadi el natrun no longer run from there instead we took another taxi to a smaller station that was written on a piece of paper by the police at the gate of turgoman station – in Arabic - which we handed over to the taxi. We bought the EGP11 ticket for the old aircon bus and went on to a 2-hour trip to the wadi. We were dropped along a highway where a smaller bus/van were waiting and we crammed inside it for EGP2 along with local families and dropped us off the main town square and we then hired ar tuktuk (tricycle) for EGP15 for the whole tricycle to the monastery of St. Pishoy.

About half kilometer from the monastery of St. Pishoy is the Syrian monastery. In fact, there are 4 monasteries in the wadi, though it was very late in the afternoon already and we failed to see it all.

There are a lot of Egyptian tourists on buses and cars visiting the monastery, mosgtly Christians. The monks at the monastery of St. Pishoy were so accommodating. There was this monk named Father Joaquim who were so kind and took us for a tour around the area and showed us various chambers inside the monastery, he took us on a private tour and gave us the history of the place, esp. those ones which aren’t generally open to the public. He carries the key to the chambers so we were luckily let in. Really a great treat. He even treat us for a fuul and bread snack at their soup kitchen.

The best part did not end there. When we were buying some stuff at the souvenir shop and about to hunt or hitch a ride back to Cairo, another monk inside his car motioned us to come near and asked us where we’re heading and we told him Cairo – God-sent! he said he’s heading to Cairo and he did take us along with him. With his minimal English we did had fun with Father Cherubim in his car - during the 2-hour or so trip back to Cairo, he’s a very cool monk. In fact the Coptic monks in the monastery are really cool. It erased all my perception about monks – that they’re very ecclesiastical, quiet, priestly, etc. Those monks there are amazingly kind and welcoming to tourists.

There are currently about 700 monks in the monastery of St. Pishoy according to Father Joaquim. We’ve learned a lot about the history of the place from him, and new stuff like I’ve learned that there are so many Coptic churches along the Nile river upto Aswan – some still functioning, some remain just structures.

It is believed that the holy family visited Wadi El Natrun during their flight to Egypt.

The trip to wadi was well worth it. It's a different experience.

Entry is free of charge, but anonymous donation would help the monastery with all their charity work. I hope to be back again there in the future, the monks at Wadi El Natrun are truly one of the nicest bunch of people you’ll come across in Egypt.
Written November 17, 2011
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Sylvakemet
Prague, Czech Republic105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
To see part of Egyptian Coptic history, and to have complex knowledge on Egyptian history, you should visit monasteries in Wadi Natroun, approximately 1 hour north from Cairo. By car you take Cairo-Alexandria highway and after 100 km of driving you reach this place (on the West side) where more ancient fortified churches in North Africa can be found. The best is to have your own car to be independent in term of your time and what you want to visit. You can rent as well taxi - with price to be negotiated (can be around 500 EGP) or go by "surfice", small bus that can you take there for reasonable price (around 30 EGP) but with high adrenalin (judging from driving skillness´ of local drivers) . St. Bishoy Monastery history goes back to the 4th cent. AD. An angel appeared to the mother of Bishoy, and announced to her that her son had been chosen to be the servant of god who create as well a holy place. So that why St. Bishoy came to Wadi Natroun in 340 AD. Nowadays you can visit most of the places in the monastery, church, fortified tower with its black kitchen, chapel, holly well, etc. If you are lucky enough, he can hear the song Ave Maria in old Coptic language. This place is unique also for burial of late Pope Shenouda III, latest Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Coptic Otrhodox churches. The Monks never ask you for money, but is highly appreciated to give some it to the box to sponsor the life of the monks. In your trip you should not miss to visit neighbour monastery of Deir el Suriani, where you can see frescoes uncovered in the old monastery and dated back to the 4th Cent. AD.
Written August 3, 2014
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anagh
Bucharest, Romania2,283 contributions
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May 2013 • Couples
We are Orthodox people. It is a loooooooooong distance between our country and Wadi al-Natrun, but we came there, during the Holy Week of the Easter, with respect and curiosity for the old Coptic religion, it was a very special trip, long-awaited. But according to Tawadros, the new religious philosophy is: “When I get in, you get OUT”. Since when?!?!?!? Strangely, the whole complex was closed. After a rough and very pushy negotiation, they let us behind the gates only for 10 minutes, without permission to go inside buildings, extremely close flanked by four rude and respect-lacking “kinder-cops”.
I asked: Why do you act like this? They said: Because Pope Tawadros is here during Easter and nobody has the permission to come inside the St.Bishoy monastery complex area.
Really!!!! And God? where is HE, OUTSIDE? Because faithful Egyptians remained outside!!!!
People, did you replace God with Tawadros?!?!?!?
Within 12 days in Egypt, no one bothered us in any Coptic church or Muslim mosque, NO one was irreverent … with this single exception ... Wadi Natrun’s rude people. Very rude.
Written September 8, 2013
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Bazzy88
Cairo, Egypt4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
it's a beautiful place right outside Cairo, enjoy the lovely architecture there and can have a nice walk and sit by the water there, worth the ride :)
Written November 9, 2013
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Douglas A
Cairo, Egypt684 contributions
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Here's a community that has existed since the 4th century and consists of four monasteries. Religious or not, take the time to see Wadi Natrun; it's an easy drive from Cairo and well worth the trip. There is a gift store there worth browsing through as well.
Written January 1, 2012
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Fayza H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
This oasis is particularly famous for having a number of monasteries, and as monasteries were first created by Egyptians, these are among the oldest in the world. Coptic Orthodox Christianity is very conservative compared to other branches of Christianity. The monasteries are famous for their beautiful religious Frescoes decorations and for the manuscripts of their libraries. They have been rebuilt and restored many times, but ancient architectural features can still be seen . Very interesting to converse with the monks and see the way they live.

Written September 7, 2017
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MOHAMED O
Cairo, Egypt206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
in the middle of desert, enjoy the place and the history of our Egypt, i like the place so much with my friends.
Written December 22, 2015
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karencZ8364LR
Vineyard Haven, MA78 contributions
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So serene. Wonderful to see. Our guide had been a monk for 21 years and was so vibrant and interesting- an easy drive from Alexandria en route to Cairo
Written March 25, 2015
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