Abu Mena (Mina), Egypt

Abu Mena was a town, monastery complex and Christian pilgrimage center in Late Antique Egypt (the third~ seventh century), about 45 km southwest of Alexandria. Its remains were designated a World Heritage Site in 1979. There are very few standing remains, but the foundations of most major buildings, such as the great basilica, are easily discernible. 

Abu Mena Monastery  (Abu = Father, Saint)

The Moastery Gate of St. Mina

The Moastery Gate of St. Mina

The Monastery of Saint Mina is a Coptic Orthodox monastery, the modern monastery is built close to the ruins of Abu Mena, the original pilgrimage site, which was destroyed by the Arabs during the Muslim conquest of Egypt of the mid-7th century.

The Monastery Complex

The church, baptistery, basilicas, public buildings, streets, monasteries, houses and workshops in this early Christian holy city of Abu Mena were built over the tomb of the martyr Menas of Alexandria.

Main Church of the Monastery

Main Church of the Monastery

Inside of the Church

Inside of the Church

Entered the precincts of this monastery I was really relieved. It is clean and quiet and priests and prayers are friendly and warmhearted.

Inside of the Monastery

Inside of the Main Church

Saint Menas (Mina,Mena)(285 – 309), the Martyr and Wonder-worker, is one of the most well-known Armenian saints in the East and the West, due to the many miracles that are attributed to his intercession and prayers.

Fresco of Menas on the facade of the church

Fresco of Menas on the facade of the church

Stained glass of Menas in the main church

Stained glass of Menas in the main church

Although Menas is recognized as a minor saint in the Western churches, it is considered likely by many historians that he is celebrated in these churches under the name of Saint Christopher (the “Christ-bearer”), as one of the legends associated with Menas has him, like Christopher, carrying the Christ-Child.

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Icon of Jesus and Abba Menas

A 6th-century icon from the Monastery of Bawit in Middle Egypt, currently at the Louvre. It is one of the oldest icons in existence.

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Saint Menas of Armenia

Menas is sometimes called Menas the Soldier also called the “Wonder worker” in the West, where he is venerated as a military saint.

Ruins of Abu Mena

Ruins of Abu Mena

Ruins of Abu Mena

The remains and simple church for pilgrims

The remains and simple church for pilgrims

Abu Mena In Egypt is the most respected Christian pilgrimage destination of Abu Mena. Today, only its ruins remain. For more than 1700 years, the Kopts worshipped the holy martyr, Mena and in his honor, a Christian monastery was established here during the 3rd century.   DSC08692-2DSC08694-2I found one mantis in the ruins. No figure of the pilgrim there, only the mantis seemed to be praying.

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