The monastery was founded by Saint Beshoy in the 4th century. Like the other buildings in the area, it suffered the attacks of the desert nomads and was restored several times.
The monastery has a well-built tower and a wall of about 10 meters high and two meters thick, with two doors in the north and south sides.
Within its compound, the monastery comprises a big garden, a mill, a well, a residence for the Patriarch Shenouda III, a number of cells for the monks, 5 churches, and 3 refectories (one of which was converted to a museum).
The churches of the monastery are: Church of St. Michaels, Church of Saint Beshoy, Church of Abu Iskhirun, Church of the Holy Virgin, and the Church of Saint George.
Today, the Church of Saint George, built in the 11th century, is not in use. It has two s...Read More