Dedicated to the Virgin of Baramus, Deir El-Baramus (also named the Monastery of the Romans) is probably the first monastery established in the Wadi El-Natron. The tradition of the place says that the monastery was built in the site where Saint Macarius lived.
The name 'Baramus'– which means "That of the roman"– comes from a group of Romans who went to live in the monastery as early as St. Macarius himself, and on the place of their cells, after their death, a chapel was built.
The monastery was identified also as the Monastery of Saint Moses the Black, who was an Ethiopian repented criminal, killed in the 5th century, during the attack of the nomads.
Like the other buildings in the area, the monastery was damaged throughout the attacks of the desert nomads and was restored several...Read More