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Monasticism, as founded by St Antony the Great, is considered to be Egypt's greatest gift to Christianity. Take a journey here through 17 centuries of fascinating history. Experience the awe of this natural mountain cave that St Antony loved and called his home for 43 years of his life. Today as in years past, this cave is the heartbeat of the Monastery.

Tremendous work has been done by historians in recent years to clean and restore the ancient wall paintings, in addition to various conservation projects within the Monastery.



Travellers and historians throughout history wrote of the beauty of this Monastery. Visit our photo gallery and view videos, and various news items about our Monastery.

 

Nestled in the majestic mountain ranges of the Wadi Arabah, here you will find information on how to get to the Monastery, our visiting hours, and guidelines for visits and retreats.