The Drive to the wonderful Galala Plateau
starts with the pick-up from your accommodation in Cairo
by our Sempre Travel Egypt
tour guide to two of the most beautiful Coptic Monastery
in Egypt, the Monastery St Anthony Egypt
and the St. Paul Monastery
. The history of these two hermit monasteries
goes back to the 4th century when 2 young men sought the solitude of the rocky Galala Plateau
for their meditation. Enjoy the ride in our small group through the Galala Mountain
to our first destination
St Anthony Monastery
In addition to the Sinai St. Catherine Monastery
in Egypt, the hermit monastery of St Anthony
is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. In 250 AD, a young man, son of Christian parents, moved at age 19 from his hometown Beni Suef
towards the desert. Anthony has always been fascinated by the words of God and preferred the hermit life to his previous life.
In 356 AD, his successors built the St Anthony monastery
below the cave where Anthony lived until his death. Visit with us the church in which St Anthony
is buried and the cave above in which he lived until his death, and then follow us up 1200 steps to the cave, from where you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the mountains, the Red Sea
and desert landscape. You won’t regret the effort of reaching this point in the mountains!
Hopefully with some nice souvenirs photos and wonderful impressions we make our way to the next monastery the
St. Paul Monastery
St. Paul Monastery
is also located in the Galala Mountain
and separated from the St Anthony Monastery
by the southern fork of the Galala Plateau
. The monastery had its prime during the 12th to 15th century and was used by monks to translate theological texts into Arabic.
escaped Roman persecution from Alexandria
and was the youngest hermit at only 16 years of age. In the 4th century, hermits built the St. Paul monastery
and 4 churches were built on its site, including the cave church (the place where St Paul
lived from 251 to 325 AD) of St. Paul
in the middle. The walls of the cave church, in which his bones are still preserved, are decorated with beautiful frescoes.
After the interior of the monastery, including the library with all manuscripts, was destroyed by Bedouins in 1483, the ARCE (American Research Center Egypt) started restoration work from 1997 to 2005.
We make time for a lunch break close to the Galala Plateau
before we start the return trip from our Cairo excursions
to St Antony Monastery
and St. Paul Monastery
to your accommodation in Cairo