The six-and-a-half-foot-tall sarcophagus is intricately carved with spiral motif, and is decorated with ivy leaves.
After staying for more than six months in a cavern, now Muharraq Monastery, Saint Joseph was told in a dream to go back to Palestine.
The Holy Family left Gabal at-Tayr and returned to the other bank of the river Nile where they sailed south till they arrived at Hermopolis.
The Holy Family visited Gabal et-Tayr village in Minya during their flight into Egypt.
Holding child Christ to her chest, Virgin Mary took a wooden sailboat anchored to the Maadi shore in Cairo. Saint Joseph helped Mary to the boat.
The ancient Virgin Mary Church in Maadi is believed to be the Holy Family’s point of departure to Upper Egypt. Our driver took the Nile Corniche Road.
It was only normal that the Holy Family visits the area now known as Old Cairo.
After we left Monastery of Parameos in Wadi el-Natrun, we headed to the nearby Monastery of el-Suryan in the footsteps of the Holy Family in Egypt.
On their way out of the Nile Delta, the holy family boarded a boat to cross the Nile River towards the west.
The Holy Family left Sebennytos for Xois, taking refuge in the shadows of Egypt’s northern fields and trees. Known today as Sakha.
The Holy Family’s second stop in Egypt was in the archaeological town of Tel Basta during the harvest month Pashons of the ancient Egyptian calendar.
Follow our series rediscovering the places where Egyptians have long believed have been blessed by Christ, Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph.