St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios)

St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios)

St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios)
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Founded in 356 AD, this is one of the oldest Egyptian monasteries that is a self-contained village with gardens, a mill, a bakery, five churches and a library containing more than 1,700 handwritten manuscripts.
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Stevelino
Amsterdam, The Netherlands55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Gives wonderful insight into the monasteries and their importance and heritage, cannot get more Authentic, worth the hike up to the cave around which everything is built. Wonderful history, welcoming monks, excellent for religious items. Go the extra hog, visit, you will have a new perspective on the country open before your eyes.
Written February 11, 2020
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Keri DS
Dongguan, China202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
We stopped off here on our way down to El Gouna. I was amazed at the size of it as I drove up. We were meet by Father Ruiz who spoke very good english. He told us about the history of the monastry and showed us around. The old church was amazing the wall paintings beautiful. It was so quiet that I felt very relaxed and could have spent more time there. There is no charge but you can leave a donation in the box. Well worth the visit easy to find.
Written February 1, 2012
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pakhet
Sydney, Australia160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited St Anthony's Monastery in March 2010 during my stay at Hurghada.
We arrived just before sunrise and attended the morning mass at about 5.30am.
The monastery is set against the desert hills in a spectacular setting.
You can spend several hours or more at the monastery as there is so much to see - magnificent ancient wall paintings, and the ancient workings of the monastery itself.
St Anthony's is about a 5 hour drive from Hurghada. Tours can be arranged in Hurghada, or as I did, through the local Coptic Church.
The Monastery of St Paul is only 1/2 hour from St Anthony's and also worth a visit while you are in the area.
Written April 20, 2010
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Nina S
London, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We took a private car from Hurghada at dawn and drove through the desert to reach this fabulous Monastery. I have always loved St Anthony so this was a special trip. Having reached the monastery 4 hours later at around 9 am the true sense of peace and light shone from the mountains. There are around 1380 steps leading to the cave that St Anthony spent most of his days praying. There are a lot of stopping points so please ensure you wear comfortable trainers. It is a trek. When you reach the cave and as you await to get into the holy sanctuary the solitude of the cave makes you understand why such a place was chosen to speak to GOD. In the cave there is the most beautiful picture of Jesus. It really moved me. This was the best experience ever. Fabulous place rich in history and truly magnificent!!!
Written December 29, 2014
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Adam S
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Hi,
Saint Anthony Monastery is the top place to see in Egypt near Red Sea. I traveled with a rent car from Cairo to monastery. The road is quit good. You can go by the sea side or with the highway. Trip lasts 2.5 to 3 hours. After leaving the Cairo there is only one petrol station on the highway to Red Sea. Near The Red Sea the one is on the road to monastery.

The monastery is very beautiful. It is place where God lives. I felt it very much. The place is calm and relaxing. You can pray here. You can ask fathers to stay for a night or longer.

Fathers are very friendly. They will be very happy to meet with you. It was great experience for me to feel their hospitality. Really. It was amazing. They were so open. We spoke like a very good friends. They will show you the place of monastery.

The cave on the top of the hill. It is amazing. Really a place where a man meet God. Really worth to see.

It was very worth to spent all day from Cairo to visit this place.

Like in Egypt. There are many buildings and restaurants near by the road in Red Sea. But I prefer to make a second breakfast in the hotel in the morning. Lot of buildings closed.

There are no public beaches in Egypt so I swam only on the one near a building construction. I was great entertainment for people from the work field. :)
Written October 9, 2017
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Steph
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We climbed to St. Anthony's cave and toured the monastery. The rest is hard to describe. Go. I'll be back if I get the chance.
Written November 23, 2016
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ryanc3
northampton,england443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Visited today ,while in hurghada, and thought this place was nice ,peaceful and relaxing, well worth a look if you ever get the chance.
Written September 20, 2016
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Joanne S
Fort Mill, SC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
In the middle of the desert, not far from the beauty of the Red Sea, is this place built for peace and quiet, but is buzzing with pilgrims. It was amazing to think about the men who spend their entire adult lives there.
Written December 2, 2015
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Tiago Barroso
Alhandra, Portugal893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This is my first time seeing the Monastery of St. Anthony and its Cave, he is an amazing and ancient Monastery, full of history and beautiful places to see, this is for all types of people who like to learn. The people inside explain everything about that place and its history, a full detailed programme, it is a place not well known by the people, but full of history, good gardens, a well of water they said make good to healthy because of mineral, a charming and mistirious place, and much more to lear about it, for me was amazing, I truly recommend, and I will do it again.
Written March 6, 2024
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Zia
218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
A distanced solitude place, hard to imagine how they make a living by themselves long long time ago. Group-visiting is acceptable but can only be led by monks, and there isn’t public washroom available.
Written February 29, 2020
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