Deir Mar Mina (St. Mina Monastery)

Deir Mar Mina (St. Mina Monastery) ulasan, Alexandria

Deir Mar Mina (St. Mina Monastery)
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Takarasina
Oleh Takarasina
A must for every Orthodox Christian - and not only for him/her
Nov 2020
There's a charming Coptic icon in the Louvre: Jesus stands beside a man, putting his right hand on his right shoulder. Me and my wife were spellbound by that scene, by naive, sort of childish faces so unusual for us Russians to see on an icon and decided to dig a little bit deeper. Now we know much more about the Copts and when planning a trip to Egypt could not afford to miss St Mina Monastery - it was him depicted on that icon. I'd abstain from describing his life and martyrdom here but one thing is certain - it is one of numerous albeit much less known gems of this country. Though situated not that far from Alexandria, it is not so easy to find since there are no signs in English. So use your GPS - or take a local guide. The complex is heavily guarded because of muslim fanatics' attacks on the Copts several years ago (no worries - now it's safe there) but it is calm and piety that reign inside. Spacious, impeccably clean, elegant landscape design, imposing architecture, serious but good-natured monks. Quite by chance we met the father superior - an old grey-haired man with a beard - and he gracefully told us the story of the place. The main church is naturally Orthodox but differs so much from the tradition we are used to in Russia. Nevertheless, you literally feel Divine Grace coming upon you there and leave the complex light and peaceful. We loved every moment of that visit. It is the largest Coptic monastery in Egypt, by the way. Which means it is the largest in the world.

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9 Borg el-Arab el-Gadida Mariut, Alexandria 21599 Mesir

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smvNYC
New York City, NY157 kontribusi
Spiritual Place
Agt 2021
The monastery is located some distance from Alexandria and getting there was an adventure in itself Google Maps was surprisingly good).
The site is of significant importance to Christians as it hosts the relics of St. Minas. The place was busy with local tour groups. There is no entrance fee and the grounds were decorated with beautiful paintings and mosaics. There are also vendor booths with both religious items and local foods.
Ditulis pada 28 Agustus 2021
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Takarasina
765 kontribusi
A must for every Orthodox Christian - and not only for him/her
Nov 2020
There's a charming Coptic icon in the Louvre: Jesus stands beside a man, putting his right hand on his right shoulder. Me and my wife were spellbound by that scene, by naive, sort of childish faces so unusual for us Russians to see on an icon and decided to dig a little bit deeper.
Now we know much more about the Copts and when planning a trip to Egypt could not afford to miss St Mina Monastery - it was him depicted on that icon. I'd abstain from describing his life and martyrdom here but one thing is certain - it is one of numerous albeit much less known gems of this country.
Though situated not that far from Alexandria, it is not so easy to find since there are no signs in English. So use your GPS - or take a local guide.
The complex is heavily guarded because of muslim fanatics' attacks on the Copts several years ago (no worries - now it's safe there) but it is calm and piety that reign inside. Spacious, impeccably clean, elegant landscape design, imposing architecture, serious but good-natured monks. Quite by chance we met the father superior - an old grey-haired man with a beard - and he gracefully told us the story of the place.
The main church is naturally Orthodox but differs so much from the tradition we are used to in Russia. Nevertheless, you literally feel Divine Grace coming upon you there and leave the complex light and peaceful.
We loved every moment of that visit.
It is the largest Coptic monastery in Egypt, by the way. Which means it is the largest in the world.
Ditulis pada 1 November 2020
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Mike
Minneapolis, MN68 kontribusi
Very spiritual
Jul 2019 • Keluarga
Highly recommended to visit and get blessing of that place where a saint called Mina from rich family chose to live in the desert by his own choice and gave away everything to the poor to just give his life to lord Jesus .
You could attend a liturgy Wednesday morning and spend some time there and eat the delicious oily bean with bread that has specific taste all for free.
Accept donation if you want but not a must.
I am sure you will visit that place again and again if you went once .
Ditulis pada 19 Juli 2019
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Michael A
Grapevine, TX1 kontribusi
The best place in alexandria
Jan 2018 • Pasangan
The best place in alexandria full of spiritial life and joy.. More than one church and hertiage of pope kerolos and ava mina and also marimina
Ditulis pada 22 Januari 2018
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Jan S.
Kairo, Mesir20 kontribusi
a Christians Monastery
Jul 2016 • Keluarga
The trip to visit the Monastery is a bit long for a small visit time. the place was crowded specially my visit was in a vacation day. the spiritual feel of the place is dimmed by the presence of lots of noisy people and sales kiosks in the middle of the Monastery.
Ditulis pada 15 September 2016
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Mina A
1 kontribusi
St. Mina Monastery
Apr 2016 • Teman
I love the place. Great architecture. St. Mina historical city (4th century) is amazing. You can see the Coptic-byzantine style.

The new cathedral is a piece of art.
Ditulis pada 6 Juli 2016
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Kenneth7228
Heredia, Kosta Rika240 kontribusi
Christianity
Mei 2016 • Teman
Our tour guide and driver took us for a day trip from Alexandria to the Saint Mina Monestary. It's around an hour drive and consists of the old, antiquated, original village and then the Monastery, Our understanding is that Saint Mina's body was originally buried in the old village and this is the locations the miracles happened that designated him as a Saint. We met a Coptic Priest in the original village and enjoyed the tour. There is a quit and calm sense here. The Monastery we went to afterwards was the famous photographs and the huge complex. It is still worth the visit but we enjoyed the old village more. The Monestary serves a plate of beans to everybody and they have a row of booths that act as the gift shops for the Monestary. Well worth the trip if you want to see Christianity alive and well in the Alexandria area.
Ditulis pada 20 Mei 2016
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Peter M
Kairo, Mesir38 kontribusi
if you want to feel spirituality good you must visit it
Feb 2016 • Keluarga
this place have a non-stop prayers from over a 1000 year, you feel that you talk to god directly, this place have many The bodies of saints.
Ditulis pada 5 April 2016
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Minanet2
San Diego, CA42 kontribusi
A coptic Monastery
Okt 2015 • Keluarga
A Coptic Monastery in the middle of the dessert, very near to the city Alexandria. His holiness pop Kirollos the 116 pop of Alexandria is buried there.
Ditulis pada 21 Januari 2016
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pjshannon7
Brussels, Belgia60 kontribusi
Oasis of Calm
Des 2015 • Keluarga
A delightful place to visit, very calm and peaceful and very well maintained by the Coptic Monks that reside there. The monastery is located at a place in the Western Desert that Saint Mina was buried circa 3rd, 4th century AD. The place used to be desert but with the spread of irrigation from the Nile river, the area is now becoming agricultural ( so don't expect to see sweeping sand dunes). The monastery is a large compound surrounded by high walls and is dominated by a church that is dedicated to St. Mina. There is a chapel on one side of the cathedral where the remains of St. Mina are interred.

The monastery is about 90 minute drive from Alexandria and probably about 2.5 to 3 hours from Cairo. If you go from Alexandria take the slightly longer desert road to avoid the Lake Mariout industrial area of Alexandria (the backside of Alex which is not very picturesque).

Within the compound there is the cathedral to St. Mina, as well as an area with shops stalls that sells religious items and local food, desert plants, and a guest house that serves free bowls of foul (beans) and tea to all visitors - no questions asked and they are very generous. The foul and tea are very clean and tasty. Apparently this is common practice at all Egyptian Monasteries that are open to tourists, i.e. you are treated as a pilgrim and food and drink is provided for free.

The cathedral is very impressive and has some very intricate art work and murals. This is all modern art that was built in the last 40 years under the patronage of the last Coptic Pope, who was the driving force behind the construction of the monastery, and he is interred in the crypt at the back of the cathedral.

One of the monks speaks English very well and can give tours of the cathedral. .

Next to the monastery, about 500 meters out into the desert are the archaeological remains of the Byzantine church that was built for St. Mina. You need a car or be prepared for about a 30 minute walk to reach the site. It is not well marked so you would need someone to show you how to reach the ruins.

The archaeological site is guarded by a group of Coptic men (and their 4 watch dogs) and they are also tour guides. You would need a Egyptian speaker guide to help with the translations there.

The whole place is very well maintained and there is no tipping accepted by anyone (even the guys out at the archaeological site would not take tips) . If you would like to give donations then you can give directly to the Monks. They are willing to accept donations for the poor.
Ditulis pada 4 Januari 2016
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