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Dimyana ( Burullus)

Dimyana is a mixed Christian-Muslim village, with a convent built on a spot where according to the tradition, the Holy Family passed through the nearby area of Burullus. The name of the convent goes back to St. Dimyana who chose the trodden place of the Holy Family to worship God, and where she was martyred along with 40 virgins during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305).
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After Daqadus, the Holy Family fled to Samannud which was once an important city in pharaonic and Ptolemaic times. It is said that the Holy Family stayed here between 14 to 17 days as they were warmly welcomed by the local population. We need to go through a narrow street to reach the famous Church of St. Apa Nub; a twelve year old 3rd century martyr. The church treasures his relics which are preserved in a tube and covered with spices and perfumes, following the way Jesus’ body was wrapped with spices: “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” [Mark 16:1]. The tube containing the relics is wrapped into a scarlet colored piece of cloth with the saint’s picture on it and is kept in a shrine. Occasionally priests remove the tube from the shrine in order to give the pilgrims blessings from it.
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