Monastery of Saint Pishoy, Wadi Natrun, Egypt

Wadi Natrun is a valley located in Beheira Governorate, including a town with the same name. The name refers to the presence of eight different lakes in the region that produce natron salt which was used for making of ancient mummy.

Pink Lake in Wadi Natrun, Beheria

Pink Lake in Wadi Natrun, Beheria

The Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi El Natrun (the Nitrian Desert), Beheira is the most famous Coptic Orthodox monastery named after Saint Pishoy.

Entrance of  Monastery of Saint Pishoy

Entrance of Monastery of Saint Pishoy

The Fortress of the Monastery to Protect Monks from Barbarian Attacks

The Fortress of the Monastery to Protect Monks from Barbarian Attacks

The monastery was founded by Saint Pishoy in the fourth century AD.

Courtyard of the Monastery

Courtyard of the Monastery

On 13 December 841 AD, Pope Joseph I fulfilled the desire of Saint Pishoy and moved his body as well as that of Saint Paul of Tammah to this monastery.

Inside of the Church

Inside of the Church

Up to that date, the bodies of the two saints were at the monastery of Saint Pishoy at Deir el-Bersha.

The Inside of the Church

The Inside of the Church

The Coffin of Saint Pishoy

The Coffin of Saint Pishoy

Today, the two bodies lie in the main church of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Pishoy in the NitrianDesert.

DSC08549-2DSC08550-2                                The well of the monastery

Flower in the monastery courtyard

Flower in the monastery courtyard

The monks were friendly and kind at this monastery, it was very clean and comfortable.

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