Egypt in the early first millennium was one of the important centers of Christianity, and Islam came to the land of Egypt until much later. Organization of UNESCO in the list of World Heritage of Humanity noted in Egypt, the two places connected with Christianity. When searching for tours on a trip to Egypt, consider your interests to get acquainted with the Christian Egypt, so that you can go to a specific resort in the selected location. Also, be aware that Egypt can go on to the next couple of days to Israel to visit Jerusalem and visit the Holy Land. In Egypt, one of the most important Christian centers were built in the IV century monastery of Abu Mena. In While this was the main place of pilgrimage for Christians, most of whom were hoping for a miraculous healing. The church was rebuilt several times to take the ever-increasing flow of pilgrims.
With the advent of Islam in Egypt, Abu Mena was destroyed in the VII century. In 1905, excavations began, which resulted in the basilica were found, the church and some other structures. Currently, only the foundations remain the main buildings, but they are under danger of extinction because of rising groundwater. Abu Mena is located near Alexandria, and here you can get with any popular resort. Another Christian monastery on the list of World heritage, is St. Catherine’s Monastery, also known as the Sinai monastery.
He is one of the oldest continuously operating Christian monastery in the world. Even in the III century monks began to settle in Mount Horeb (As in the Bible called Mount Sinai) near the Burning Bush, and in the IV century was built a small church. In VI century fortified building was constructed, and the monastery was named the Monastery of St. Catherine, whose relics acquired shortly before the monks. In the period of conquest by the Arabs of Sinai Monastery secured the patronage of the Prophet Muhammad and received safe-conduct, which states that Muslims will protect him, as well as freed the monastery from taxes. Today the monastery is the center of the autonomous Orthodox Church of Sinai and attracts many pilgrims who worship the relics of St. Catherine and want to see the burning bush. To get to the monastery is more convenient from Sharm el-Sheikh, while at the same time you can climb Mount Moses (another name of Mount Sinai). At low enough prices to vacation in Egypt, optional excursions are not bankrupt travel and visit places associated with the early history of Christianity, be sure to leave a good impression.