Sawada

At the foot of the great Christian necropolis of Minya in Sawada on the East bank of the Nile is the church of St. Apa Hor, a third century martyr. Built within a Ptolemaic temple and like the one at Gabal al-Tayr, the Church of Apa Hor is cut into the rock. One enters the nave through a narrow tunnel, which has empty tombs on both sides. To the left inside the Church is a well, local monks use it as a water source.

Local Christians believe that the Holy Family must have passed through such an important historical site. The bishopric of Minya has demolished the nearby church of Dimyana in an effort to replace it with a larger cathedral.

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