A statue stands outside the Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cairo, Egypt March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
CAIRO - 9 May 2018: Bishop of Samalout Bevnotious inaugurated two new churches within the framework of annual celebrations in Virgin Mary monastery at Gabal al Tayr in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya.
In statements on Wednesday, Spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Polis Halim said that the churches are named "the flight to Egypt church" and "the cave church".
The Holy Family's seeking refuge in Egypt is considered to be an event of utmost significance in Egypt's long history and during their journey in Egypt, the Holy Family rested in a cave which is now located inside Gabal al Tayr's ancient church.
Jebel el-Teir Church in Minya in October 2017 - Maher Eskandar
Gabal Al Tayr (Mountain of the Birds in Arabic) is located on the East bank of the Nile and given its historical significance it is now a popular tourist destination that attracts more than two million visitors every year.