Eastern Desert monasteries

Ain Sukhna is an ideal base from which to explore the Eastern Desert and visit its historic monasteries. While not as well-known as St Catherine’s in the Sinai, they are just as fascinating and historically significant. Just 90 minutes from Ain Sukhna, St Anthony’s was founded in 356AD and is the world’s oldest active
monastery. Nearby is St Paul’s Monastery, is thought to date back to the 5th century. Both are grand, fortified complexes set in the Red Sea mountains near Za’farana, to the south. A day trip could also include a visit to the Suez Canal.


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