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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 1: Akhmim and Sohag$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161223

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.001.0001

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Two Witnesses of Christian Life in the Area of Balyana

Two Witnesses of Christian Life in the Area of Balyana

The Church of the Virgin and the Monastery of Anba Moses1

(p.253) 22 Two Witnesses of Christian Life in the Area of Balyana
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

American University in Cairo Press

The town of Balyana stands on the west bank of the Nile in the Sohag governorate. This chapter focuses on two buildings that have played an important part in the lives of Christians here: the old church of the Virgin, which has not yet been studied sufficiently; and the Monastery of Anba Moses of Abydos, two kilometers north of the famous temple of Pharaoh Seti I. It describes their present state and gives a catalog of the icons kept there.

Keywords:   Sohag, Monastery of Anba Moses, church of the Virgin, Christians

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