Egypt-The Holy Land

After they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until i tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child in order to murder him “ so he got up at night ,took the child and his mother and departed into Egypt , where they remained until Herod’s death , so that the lord’s word through the prophet became fulfilled {out of Egypt I called my son}, From the New testament in Mathew 2:13-15

Egypt is not only an important tourist destination for Jews and Christians. To Christians , Egypt’s religious importance goes beyond Mount Sinai and its Coptic Churches and monasteries. More importantly, the Holy Family spent several years in Egypt. The trek of the holy Family is well documented . In many sites monasteries, churches , and places of worship have been built .

Historical sources mention the Holy family’s trek to Egypt through the desert of Sinai from El Farama located in nearby El Belyezboum, now between El Arish and Port Said. Then reached the town of Basta which is known today as Tall-Basta near the city of Zagazig , where they spent some time.

The Holy Family then lived in nearby suburb of Cairo now called Moustorod. There Jesus caused a spring to flow, which the Holy Family used, and where a church now stands. It was built in 1185 and was later renamed the Church of the Virgin Mary . The well still exists  inside the Church. From Moustorod, the Holy Family went to Belbeis, Meneyat Genah, sammoud, El Burulus, Shagarett El Teen, El Matlaa, and Sakha, a village in Kafr El Shiekh. There,tradition has it that the Child Jesus Heel from Sakha, the Holy Family went west-ward, parallel to Wadi Natrun, which is noe the Desert Road, where a number of monasteries were later built. Then they headed to Ein Shams known now as El-Mataria, where sat under a tree known today as the Virgin Tree. As the Holy Family was forced to search for a calm spot to rest, they came upon an old branchy sycamore tree which provided them shade from the heat of the sun. According to ancient traditions, pilgrims regarded the visit to El-Mataria as essential.

During the early period of Christianity, the Copts established a big Cathedral in the area, where the arrival of the Holy Family was celebrated annually. The Holy Family then headed southward to Babylon in Old Cairo where they stayed for some time in the cave which is now part of St. Sergius Church. They had to leave the place to move further south to Upper Egypt.

The Holy Family set out for Upper Egypt starting from the present Church of the Holy Virgin in maadi. They proceeded to Gebel El Teir near Samalout, later known as Palm Mountain. Then to Mallawi then they left for a village called Phyllopos, now known as Dayrut. They heade for the village of Mirah, then on the Qousqam Mountain. The famous Monastery of the Holy Virgin, now known as Al Moharrraq, is situated there. The Holy Family stayed for some months before returning to Palestine

 

The Holly family escape to Egypt ad spent several years

The route of the trip known and they trek to Egypt through the desert of Sinai

El farma  , then reached the two of Basta know today by Tall-Basta ,near Zagazig city ,  after went to Moustorod ( suburd of Cairo )  , then went to Belbis, Menyaat Genah ,  El Burulus , shagarett El Tee , Eel matla , Sakha , then to Wadi El Natron . Then  went to Ein shams ( now know as El Mataria )

The Holy Family went to Babylon stay in cave sometimes ( now a part of St. Sergius church). Then to upper Egypt starting from Maddi – from the samePlace where the present church of the Holy family in Maddi , Gebel El Teir,  Ashmounein , Mallawi , Phyllopos ( now Dayrut ), Mirah , then to Qousqam mountain – where the famous monastery El Moharraq  now and then the  Holy Family return to Palestine .