Syrian Monastery

Syrian Monastery

The Syrian Monastery, also known as the monastery of St. Mary Deipara, is a Coptic Orthodox monastery located in Wadi El Natrun, Beheira Governorate, Egypt. The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and carries her name. However, it is nowadays better known as the Syrian Monastery because it was mainly used by Syriac monks. The exact date of the monastery's foundation is unknown. Most sources seem however to agree that its foundation took place in the 6th century AD.

Site Information

Country: Egypt

District: Beheira Governorate

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 6th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Christian

Later Cultures: Christian

Site Features: Christian Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Part of: The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun

Date of Submission: 2003

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