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The monastery of El Shaieb near the city of Luxor.

To see an original stone tablet set the wall of this Coptic Christian monastery at El Shaieb, connects this religion directly to the 4th. Century. It is located about 5km from Luxor. The name of El Shaieb, means "The Old Man", this came from the appearance of the saint as a venerable old man.




Along with the ancient stone tablet set in the monastery wall, with it's original Coptic script below the cross, are the shrines of the late Bishops of Esna bishopric; Metaos, Michaeil & the monk Michaeil the Ethiopian, all set in the very heart of the monastery.  Their pictures adorn the walls. The monks were quite reclusive but had no problem with strangers recording their monastery.