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A Spiritual Oasis in the Egyptian Desert

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

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Doorway to the Church of the Forty Nine Monk Martyrs, who were killed during an attack in 444 AD.
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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.
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Names and prayer requests are written and carved onto the walls of the churches by visitors.
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Fr. Marcarius shows the crypt where the relics of St. John the Baptist and Elisha the Prophet were believed to be found.
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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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