Attractions

Monastery in Wadi Natrun

Deir Anba Bishoi

St Bishoi came to the desert in AD 340 and founded two monasteries in Wadi Natrun: this one and neighbouring Deir el-Sourian. Deir Anba Bishoi is built around a church that contains the saint’s body, said to be perf…
Monastery in Wadi Natrun

Deir el-Sourian

About 500m northwest of Deir Anba Bishoi, Deir el-Sourian is the most picturesquely situated of the monasteries. It is named after wandering Syrian monks who bought the monastery from the Copts in the 8th century, t…
Monastery in Wadi Natrun

Deir Abu Makar

Deir Abu Makar is the most secluded of the monasteries, so it’s wise to confirm first at the bigger monasteries that it’s open. It was founded around the cell where St Makarios spent his last 20 or so years. Structu…
Monastery in Wadi Natrun

Deir al-Baramouse

Once quite isolated due to a bad road, Deir al-Baramouse now has more than 100 monks in residence, plus six modern churches in addition to its restored medieval fortress (not open to the public). There are also remn…