ST ANTONY & ST PAUL MONASTERIES

PRIVATE DAY TOUR: visit the ancient Monastery of St Antony and then containing on to the Monastery of St Paul ( 4 Reviews)
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95 /Adult
45 / Child

Highlights

  • The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt
  • St. Anthony Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains
  • The Monastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite dates to the fifth century AD, it is also known as the Monastery of the Tigers
  • For 119 years remained the monastery of St. Paul deserted, only to be repopulated by a group of monks from the Monastery of Saint Anthony

Description

Take a tour to the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul and explore the history and culture of ancient Egypt at the Coptic monasteries. The monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul are the oldest Christian monasteries; they both date back to the 4th century AD, when monks began to settle at the foot of the Red Sea Mountain, in hidden cliffs and cryptic caves. Both monasteries are considered as the holiest venues of the Coptic Church in Egypt.

The Monastery of St. Anthony is a large complex surrounded by high walls, including churches, chapels, a garden and a spring, glorifying the father of monasticism Saint Anthony. More than 1600 years ago this was the home of the eremite Antony, who lived in a cave up on the mountain in 680 meters above sea level.

If you climb up to the saint’s cell you can see writings and depictions. When you look outside you have a gorgeous view over the mountains and the desert while on the horizon you can even see the Red Sea. You can see here the ancient Coptic Church where the holy man is buried and well preserved medieval drawings.

After a rise through the cliffs and plateaus of the mountains, you can reach the monastery of St Paul, which was built in the 4th century by hermits who had chosen to isolate themselves from the materialistic world at the same site where Saint Paul had chosen to live in a cave for 90 years. You have also a chance to visit the beautiful cellar that is located deeply under the level of the monastery and ornamented by colorful frescos.

Both monasteries are worth a visit, even if you’re not interested in the spiritual side of the experience. The beauty of the sights you’ll catch from up above will make the tour unforgettable.

Inclusions

  • Pick up services from your hotel and return
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Mineral water and soft drinks

Exclusions

  • Optional activities
  • Any Extras not mentioned in the itinerary

Schedule

  • Tour type: Private guided Tour
  • Departure time: 05.00
  • Arrival in Zafarana: 07.00
  • Return to Hurghada: 15.00
  • Duration : 10 hours (approx.)
  • Meeting / Ending point: your hotel


Ruth ' Photo -21 February 2017-

Bedeutende historische Klosteranlage

Hat man das Katharinenkloster gesehen muß man auch diese beiden Klosteranlagen besuchen. Entfernung ca.240 km von Hurgada aus,das Kloster liegt kurz vor Zafarana. Die Mönche sprechen gut englisch, und man bekommt einen eigenen Guide der einem dann alles zeigt. Dieser Ausflug ist eine echte Alternative zu Kairo, Luxor .

Ruth - Germany
Carola ' Photo -13 January 2017-

Eindrucksvolle Klöster in traumhafter Lage

Ein unbedingtes Muss! Die Fahrt war selbst mit PKW sehr strapaziös aber es hat sich gelohnt. Eine tour zu den koptischen Klöstern von St. Antonius und St. Paulus, die ältesten Klöster Ägyptens und der Christenheit, ist ganz bestimmt ein besonderes Erlebnis. Vom kleinen Hafenort Zafarana führt eine befestigte Straße in westlicher Richtung zu den zwei Klöstern, die zu den wenigen historischen Sehenswürdigkeiten am Roten Meer gehören.

Carola - Germany
Hartmut & Maria' Photo -08 November 2016-

Superschöne Landschaft

Wir haben einen Ganztagesausflug mit einer Limosine gemacht. Fahrer und Reiseführer, beide jung, waren sehr nett. Wir hatten sogar das Glück, dass unser Mönch ein bisschen deutsch und einwandfreies Englisch sprach.

Hartmut & Maria - Germany
Gudrun ' Photo -23 September 2016-

Wunderschöne Klöster

Die beiden Koptischen Klöster St. Antonius und Paulus sind sehr alte und Liebevolle gehaltene Klöster in Zafarana / Richtung Kairo die von Koptischen Priestern geführt und bewohnt werden auch neu renoviert und bearbeitet.

Gudrun - Germany
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