The Monastery

THE MONASTERY OF ST. ANTONY THE GREAT

The Monastery was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate some time between 361 and 363. A few years after the death of St Antony, his followers settled in the place where their spiritual father lived and died.

The original settlement consisted of only the most essential buildings. The monks lived in solitary cells within walking distance of a communal worship centre where the Divine Liturgy was celebrated and where the monks took part in a common meal.

Over time, the monks began to associate themselves in closer communities and thus the communal or coenobitic character of the Antonian life evolved.