Upper Egypt

Featured Photo from Shangyun Shen, pilgrims in Dayr al-Muharraq.


According to many accounts, the Holy Family continued their flight further south from Cairo, leading them to enter the vast land of Upper Egypt, where Nile Valley has its own distinctive character. Just like the Pharaonic tombs, many ancient churches were situated in or near the mountains from where one can see the Nile graciously flowing through the valley. The Egyptian hospitality, as in all Holy Family locations, is unsurpassed. Most important is the monastery of Dayr al-Muharraq, 48 km north of Assiut, where the Holy Family stayed six months and 5 days.

Dayr al-Muharraqa
Dayr al-Maymun
Wadi al-Rayan
Ishnin alNasara
Qufadah
Dayr al-Garnus
al-Bahnasa
Samalut
Gabal al-Tayr
Sawada
Bani Hasan
Dayr Abu Hinnis
Bir al-Sahaba
Ansena
Dayr al-Barsha
al-Ashmunayn
Mallawi
Tell al-Amarna
Dayrut Al-Sharif
al-Qusiya
Cave of the Cow
Al-Qusseir
Buq
Meir village and tombs
Dayr al-Muharraq
Assiut (or Lycopolis)
Durunka
Dayr Rifa

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