World’s Oldest Monastery in Egypt Opens Doors for Pilgrims

February 8, 2010

The world’s oldest monastery of Saint Antony near Egypt’s coast town of Al-Zaafarana has opened its doors for pilgrims after almost five years of renovation, the head of the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has said.

The monastery, located some 200 km (124 miles) from the city of Hurghada, was founded in 356 AD immediately after the saint’s death, and is now the world’s oldest Christian monastery. Some 1.24 miles away from the monastery, there is St. Anthony’s cave, where he lived as a hermit.

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