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A Spiritual Oasis in the Egyptian Desert

St. Marcarius Monastery, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Egypt
Jackie Williams

Doorway to the Church of the Forty Nine Monk Martyrs, who were killed during an attack in 444 AD.
Fr. Marcarius uses a laser pointer to show the centuries-old painted icons above the altar in St. Marcarius’ Church. The monastery was founded in 360 AD, making it one of the oldest in Egypt.
Names and prayer requests are written and carved onto the walls of the churches by visitors.
Fr. Marcarius shows the crypt where the relics of St. John the Baptist and Elisha the Prophet were believed to be found.
The old refectory where the monks sat on the ground to eat while the Abbot read from the Bible during the meal.

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