Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 05:17 GMT
Monastery of Saint Basantos in Qena - Photo via Wikipedia/Armia Read
CAIRO – 18 August 2020: The Supreme Council of Antiquities completed the restoration of three monasteries in the city of Naqada, Qena Governorate.
The council decided to open the monasteries on Wednesday, Aug. 19, namely the Archangel Michael Monastery, Monastery of Saint Basantos and Monastery of Saint George.
Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained in a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities today Tuesday that the restoration and maintenance work of these monasteries took three years, pointing out that the restoration work in the three monasteries included the restoration of the Churches of Archangel Michael and Virgin Mary, in addition to strengthening the foundations and treating brick walls, changing the electricity grid and treating the floors of these churches, consolidation and strengthening of the walls and arches bearing the domes of the church and the rehabilitation of the sites to receive the worshipers.
Talaat said that during the restoration work of the Archangel Michael Monastery, a circular bathtub was uncovered, which was carefully restored and a thick glass cover was placed over it to preserve it. This bathhouse dates back to the Fatimid era.