Monastery of St. Magar

Monastery of St. Magar


By the 6th century, the monastery, also called "Deir Anba Makaryus", used to be the official residence of the bishops of Alexandria. The heads of the Coptic Church were forbidden to reside inAlexandria because of the Byzantine rulers of Egypt at that time. It is now the official residence of the Coptic patriarch. In this monastery, the first Wadi Natrun library was established in the 17th century. The monastery consists of at least four churches and a winery. St. Magar lived as a hermit monk in a cave. He received divine revelation in the form of a dream to build a church. Another interesting church inside the complex is The Church of Forty-nine Martyrs. This church has beautiful icons of St. Magar, St. George, St. Mark and the Virgin Mary.

Last Updated: June 27th, 2011