Built during the twelfth century, the Monastery of El Azab dates back to the Roman Era. The nearest monastery to Fayoum City, it is located in the Azab Village, 5 km south of Fayoum. It is also known as Deir Al-Adrah (the Monastery of Virgin Mary) and the Monastery of (Abu Seifein) St. Mercurius. It was identified as the Monastery of Anba Abraam since it is the burial place of St Abram, the revered Bishop of Fayoum and Giza between 1882 and 1914, whose portrait is said to reach out and shake hands with blessed visitors. The monastery comprises a liberary, a sanctuary for Anba Abraam, a garden, as well as a Coptic museum and a building for meetings and conferences. Enclosed within the monastery are five churches: the Church of Al-Adrah (Virgin Mary), the Church of Anba Beshoi (Bishoy), the Church of Abu Seifein (St. Mercurius), the Church of Anba Abraam, and the Church of Samuel. Being of great significance, this monastery draws many Coptic visitors on Fridays and Sundays.