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El Alamein Battlefield Egypt

El Alamein Battlefield Egypt

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El Alamein Battlefield located next to the small northern Egyptian town of El-Alamein. It is around 130 km west of the city of Alexandria along the coast. You can get a taxi to El-Alamein from Alexandria. In fact, El Alamein Battlefield in Egypt was the site of the major victory. The major victory which took place by the Allied forces. It was during the Second World War. El Alamein Battlefield known as the Second Battle of El-Alamein. In fact, Allied and Axis forces engaged in an ongoing conflict in the North African region. It was over three years with Germany’s commander Rommel. In fact, Rommel intended to capture Alexandria and the Suez Canal.

The First Battle of El Alamein saw the Allies stall the progress of Italian and German armies. The Second Battle of El Alamein changed the fortunes of the Allies. It forced the Axis out of Egypt and safeguarding the vital route of the Suez Canal. Bernard Montgomery was the new who appointed leader of the Eighth Army. Before the battle, Montgomery spent months to build up the British forces. In fact, it was with reinforcements and munitions. Finally, the British attacked on the night of 23 October 1942. By 5 November the Italian and German armies withdrew.

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The victory at El Alamein Battlefield was a vital turning point for the Allies. “It may almost said, Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.”. Winston Churchill said.

Today, El Alamein Battlefield surrounded by many memorials, cemeteries and sites. In fact, the sites which belong the different Allied and Axis forces who fought there. Several 1942 battlements and bunkers seen from the roadside. It is together with several plaques, including one on the Alexandria-Marsa Matruh Route. The route shows the furthermost position which reached by German and Italian forces.

Please note, it is best to stay on the roads as there are mines and other dangerous materials. They located on the battlefield itself. El Alamein War Museum tells about this battle. In fact, it located at the site of El Alamein battlefield. There is also a museum about the battle.

El Alamein Battlefield in Egypt Address:

The battlefield Km 105, Alex-Matrouh Desert Rd., El Alamein.

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El Alamein War Museum Egypt

El Alamein War Museum Egypt

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El Alamein War Museum located 105 kilometers west of Alexandria, Egypt. In fact, El Alamein War museum is about five kilometers west of the Marina resort. Moreover, the Museum situated within the military areas of El Alumni. The Museum opened in the year 1956 during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The museum built as a memorial of El Alamein battle between the British and the Germans in 1942. Moreover, it also built as memorial of the battles in South Africa during the Second World War. The Museum renewed and reopened in 1992 during the presidency of Mubarak. In fact, the Museum indeed is one of the best place to visit. You will be able to understand the story of World War II in Egypt.

El Alamein War Museum is a complete illustration of the story of World War II in North Africa. Furthermore, the museum contains records of all the events. In fact, the museum garden houses huge army tanks and various larger weapons. You can view this heavy equipment from World War II. Go inside a tank or an army car, or even jump up and sit atop a tank. The garden has about fifteen large pieces which used by different forces in El Alamein battle. Inside El Alamein Museum, there are five halls. Each of them dedicated to one of the four countries who involved in the war. In fact, the halls include Great Britain, Italy, Germany and Egypt. The museum also has a mixed hall which contains items from the war generally.

The Egyptian Hall at El Alamein War Museum:

The Egyptian hall shows how Egypt helped the allies during the war. There are statues of Egyptian soldiers who helped the British troops in the war. Moreover, a large statue of king Farouk is on display as he was the ruler of Egypt at the time. The left wall of the hall covered with a large portrait . In fact, the large portrait shows a part of El Alamein Battle and how the Germans defeated. The other walls covered with photographed and painted pictures. The painted pictures illustrate the help of the Egyptians to the Allies in the War.

The British Hall at El Alamein War Museum:

In fact, the hall concentrates on the British troops.. The hall also shows how they were able to defeat the Italians and then the Germans in North Africa. Uniforms of the British army during World War II are on display. They are with different statues of soldiers who do different activities in the war time. The British role and their strategy during the war displayed in the form of stories. Moreover, they also shown through maps which displayed on the wall. In fact, the weapons which the British used also displayed in this hall as well. Yet, calling this hall as the British Hall is a bit misleading. It is because their efforts were much aided by those of the Australians. Hence, it is more of a commonwealth hall.

The Italian Hall at El Alamein War Museum:

The Italian Hall houses some statues of Italian soldiers who wear their uniform. Moreover, they also take part in the war. In fact, it is just like the other halls. Moreover, the hall has some pictures which displayed on the walls. In fact, the pictures show how the Italians suffered from the defeat in North Africa.

The German Hall at El Alamein War Museum:

The German Hall displays the role of the German army in the Battle of El Alamein. Moreover, the hall also shows and the German army in the other battles of North Africa during World War II. In fact, there are many different German weapons which displayed in this hall as well. In fact, pictures of Rommel and Hitler shown on the walls. Moreover, it is beside notes that show why the Germans lost the battle at El Alamein.

The Mixed Hall at El Alamein War Museum:

In fact, the most interesting hall of El Alamein War Museum is the Mixed Hal. The hall shows items from all the armies who involved in the war. Small models in the middle of the hall show the important battles. In fact, the battles which took place between the British and the Italian in the beginning. They also show the battles between the British and the German afterwards. The hall has one part which tells the history of each country and why they involved in the war. In fact, real photographed pictures of the battle shown on the walls. It is with information and statistics about each participant.

El Alamein War Museum is a must see for any weapons or history fan. In fact, the museum tells the story of one of the most important battles during World War II. Moreover, the museum built in the exact place where the battle took place.

Address: Km 105, Alexandria – Marsa Matrouh Desert Rd., El Alamein

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Burullus Lake Bird Watching Whiskered Turns

Burullus Lake Bird Watching Egypt

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Burullus Lake Bird Watching is amazing one and fantastic as well. The lake is along Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. Moreover, it occupies a more or less, central position between the two branches of the Nile. Moreover, it extends between 31o 22′ – 31 o 26′ N and 30 o 33′ – 31 o 07′ E. It is a shallow brackish lake. Moreover, it connected with the sea by a small outlet (Boughaz), about 50 m wide near El Burg village.

In fact, the length of the lake is about 65 km. The width varied between 6 and 16 km, with an average of about 11 km. The depth of the lake ranges between 0.42 and 2.07 m. Moreover, the eastern sector of the lake is the shallowest, showing an average depth of 0.8 m. The present area of Burullus Lake is 420 km 2 (100000 acre) of which 370 km 2 is open water. The Former estimates of the area were 588 km 2 (140000 acre) in 1913. 574 km 2 (136620 acre) in 1956 and 462 km 2 (110000 acre) in 1974.

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It seems that during the last 6 years there has been a reduction in the lake area by 30%. In fact, this decrease is due to continuous land reclamation projects along the southern and eastern shores of the lake. Burullus Lake indeed is a wintering area of international importance for waterbirds. It is especially for Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Feruginous Duck, Coot and Whiskered Tern.

Burullus Lake indeed is one of the most important wintering areas. In fact, the importance is for the Whiskered Tern breeding in Europe and Western Asia. The lake contains the highest concentration of this species in the world. Bird watching Burullus lake indeed is unique. In fact, more than 42 Marsh Harrier recorded on it.

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In fact, Red throat-ed Pipit, Rock Pipit, and Yellow Wagtail reported. They are abundant in winter. Moreover, the total number of waterbirds wintering in Burullus Lake and adjacent marshes exceed half a million. Land reclamation along the southern and south-eastern periphery of the lake, is the main threat. Furthermore, the continuous land reclamation projects have an irreversible impact on the ecosystem of the lake. This is because of its great international importance as a wintering area for the Palearctic waterbirds. It strongly suggested to stop further land reclamation. In fact, it made Burullus Lake and adjacent marshes a wildlife reserve.

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Nelson's Island Alexandria Egypt

Nelson’s Island Alexandria Egypt

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Nelson’s Island lies approximately 20 kilometers east of the Egyptian port of Alexandria. In fact, Nelson’s Island is four kilometers north of Cape Abu Qir. Moreover, it guards the northern approach of Abu Qir Bay. Abu qir bay is the western part of the Nile Delta. In antiquity, the Bay provided one of the primary commercial routes. In fact, it leads into the Nile River and so became a major commercial and religious center. The position of Nelson’s Island ensured that it too became an important site. Dr. Gallo’s excavations that commenced in 1997 are beginning to reveal its archaeological riches.

Nelson’s Island is quite small extending around 350 meters on a rough north south axis. Moreover, Nelson’s Island is about 125 meters at its widest point (the southern end). But as Dr. Gallo points out ‘it is small for an island but big for an archaeological site!’. The island littered with potsherds and the faint outline of walls and structures. Moreover, in antiquity the island was larger than today. Erosion and heavy quarrying of yellow sandstone played their part. Their part was in reducing the size of the island.

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In October 2001 The Nelson Society contacted by Dr. Paolo Gallo. He is a Professor of Egyptology at the University of Torino (Turin). Furthermore, he also is Director of the Italian Archaeological Institute. The institute based at Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Gallo’s exciting news was that during excavations of ancient structures on Nelson’s Island. he discovered some artifacts, graffiti and burials. He believed that they related to the British occupation of the island. They are from shortly after the Battle of the Nile. In fact, it was in August 1798 to Keith’s and Abercrombie’s landings in March 1801.

Dr. Gallo concerned that these burials were under direct threat from erosion. Both from the subsidence of the island and general weathering, as well as from human action. Nelson’s Island became a local picnicking and fishing site. Dr. Gallo was anxious that these graves would shortly lost. That learnt from them if nothing done to excavate and to re bury them.

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Nick Slope was Vice Chairman of The Nelson Society. He visited Alexandria and Nelson’s Island in April 2002. It decided to support Dr. Gallo’s excavation as much as was possible. A plan and budget prepared and put. The action plan and budget approved. The fund raising, detailed planning and background research commenced. Unfortunately Dr. Gallo fell ill in September 2002.

The excavation delayed by some weeks while he recovered. In fact, the excavation now underway and Nick Slope joined the dig on 20 October 2002. This is to excavate and record those burials under threat. Artifact evidence study, record and publish the graffiti were under the direction of Dr. Gallo. They decided that to keep The Nelson Society membership and anyone else who interested up to date.

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Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites

Montaza Maamoura Archaeological Sites Egypt

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Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites are in a small bay in the eastern part of Alexandria, Egypt. They overlooked by Montaza Complex. Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites are a testimony to the evident marine activity. The evident marine activity took place in the region in the period between the 1st and 6th centuries. Taposiris Parva, or the “Small Temple of Osiris” stood once on the small island. The island overlooks the bay from the east. The temple demolished in the 5th century. It was when Christians decided to destroy pagan temples throughout Alexandria. Moreover, the temple also known for its pagan High Priestess, Hypatia of Alexandria and daughter of Theon.

The Geometer who was the last head of the Great Alexandria Library before its destruction. This extraordinary historical figure known to be a talented mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. She shared her knowledge with her followers at the temple. She incurred the wrath of the church, which considered her acts as going against Christian beliefs. In March 416, Hypatia of Alexandria apprehended and beaten, before dragged into a church. Her abductors scraped her skin off with oyster shells or tiles. She believed that buried in an area known then as Cinaron.

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There are no remnants of Taposiris Parva on the island, nor in the waters. The main attraction of the site is a long (approx. 200 m) stone pier dating back to the 1st century. It lies in 3 to 6 meters of water, surrounded by pieces of amphorae and small anchors. Maamoura Archaeological site located more to the east of Montaza. There lie the remnants of another stone pier, dating to approximately the same period. The area, some 6 meters deep also littered with pieces of amphorae and anchors.

A few years ago, one could also see bronze naval artifacts. Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites can accessed from shore. You will need to make a somewhat long swim to reach them. Boats are also available for rent. The staff at the water sports center located in Montaza. The staff will be happy to help you out and guide you through your dive.

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Alexandria Sporting Club

Alexandria Sporting Club Egypt

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Alexandria Sporting Club built in 1890 and is one of the oldest clubs in Egypt. In fact, in 1952, it taken over by the Egyptian government and converted to a national club. The Sporting Club managed by Mahmoud Hamdy, the chairman of the club. 97% of the club area occupied by a Golf course. Those with annual memberships, tourists or those who pay a daily entrance fee can play Golf. Summer memberships are also available.

Alexandria Sporting Club also has three swimming pools, tennis courts and equestrian area. Moreover, The Sporting Club has also basketball courts and football field. Moreover, it also has squash courts and many other facilities. Alexandria Sporting Club is one of the oldest Golf courses in Egypt. The colonial architecture of the club is a reminder of its glorious past. A camel and horse track still run around the course. Its fairways lined by huge trees, giving enough shade in a warm summer day. Course specifications include 18 holes, par 70 and 5965 yards. The Facilities include Pro shop, caddies, trolleys and club rental.

Alexandria Sporting Club Contact:

Tel: +20 12-1287126
email: info@ascgolf.com

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Alexandria Sporting Club is near to Stanley Bridge. In fact, the Bridge is a 400 meter-long proudly standing Egyptian modern monument. If you decided to walk along the corniche, you will see old men playing backgammon. Moreover, you will see also youngster enjoying night skyline from the nearby cafe. See the harbor, Stanley Beach down below and the elegant towers of the bridge. There are plenty of local and international cafes in the area. Try to visit this spot on a summer evening. In fact, in summer the sky is clear and the sunset is more inspiring than ever. A perfect point to take great pictures of the whole Alexandrian seafront.

Alexandria Sporting Club also near to Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. The cathedral is the historical seat of the Pope of Alexandria.  the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral Alexandria stands on the site of the church founded by St. Mark the Evangelist in AD 60. Alexandria Sporting Club also near to Alexandria National Museum. The museum considered one of Egypt’s finest museums. Alexandria National Museum inaugurated by Previous President Hosni Mubarak on December 2003. The National Museum located in a restored palace. Moreover, contains about 1,800 artifacts. In fact, the artifacts narrate the history of Alexandria throughout the ages. They are including the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras.

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Planetarium Science Center Alexandria

Planetarium Science Center Alexandria

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Planetarium Science Center Alexandria (El Kobba El Samaweya) is a recent 21-st century project. It located within the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library). In fact, Planetarium Science Center dedicated to the development of culture, curiosity and passion for science. Planetarium Science Center divided into 3 sections. In fact, they are the Planetarium, the History of Science Museum, and the “ALEXploratorium”. Planetarium Science Center Alexandria is a dome-like 3D projection room. Moreover, it is where one can feel as if flying through space. Visitors offered a daily fascinating and detailed live-like presentation. The presentation is of the universe’s evolution in time. It all gets even better when the show’s hosted by one of the center’s resident astronomers.

Planetarium Science Center Alexandria (PSC) is indeed an ideal place to enjoy a day of fun learning. It is an independent non-profit educational foundation. Moreover, it dedicates to increasing the public’s awareness and interest. It also dedicates understanding of science and technology through entertainment. Planetarium Science Center Alexandria launched the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in Egypt in 2006. The Science Festivity was in 2008.

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In fact, in 2008, the PSC launched the Electronic Resource Center’s website. It produced the new planetarium show Sky of Alexandria. Moreover, it was the first of its kind to produced entirely in Africa and the Middle East. In 2010, in collaboration with the PSC, CULTNAT produced Astronomical Myths. It the first Egyptian full-dome movie for planetarium display. In 2009, the PSC won two silver medals. It was at the International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO). It held in Istanbul, Turkey. In the same year, the PSC won many awards at the Intel Science Competition in the Arab World (ISC Arab).

The BA received the Judges Award for Best Robot Design and Best Solution. It was at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival held in 2008 and 2009 in the USA. PSC participants won many prizes at the Arab Intel 2010 Competition. The Center fulfills its goals by encouraging curiosity, imagination, and creativity. It is through a large number of diverse activities. They presented by three sections. Each of which approaches science in a different manner. It is unconventional to the Egyptian community:

The Planetarium:

It is a member of the International Planetarium Society (IPS). It is a cutting edge facility featuring state-of-the-art projection technology. The Planetarium aims to help establish a scientific culture in Egypt. It is by offering the public a kaleidoscope of fascinating scientific. It shows that cover a diverse variety of scientific fields and are suitable for a wide range of groups.

Re-opened in August 2009, the Planetarium offers. It is besides to the classic IMAX projection system. It is full-dome digital shows that use the latest Digistar 3 system. This system details the universe impeccably. It brings it so close to the public they feel as if they are flying through space and time. The Planetarium also offers live shows presented by resident astronomers.

The History of Science Museum:

A permanent exhibition that highlights the historical aspect of science in Egyp. It is during three major periods: ancient Egypt, Hellenistic Alexandria, and the Arab-Muslim World. The Museum pays homage to scientists who have enriched scientific knowledge. The Museum aims to revive the scientific discoveries and achievements of the ancient scholars. It is besides to their translators. It is without whom such writings would not have transcended space and time.

In fact, the History of Science Museum is not a traditional museum. Moreover, it offers a variety of activities. Furthermore, it targets school children in particular and the public in general. It also offers traditional tours.

The ALEXploratorium:

In fact, it is a fascinating and innovative establishment. Moreover, it is a hands-on science facility that is unconventional both in concept and operation. Furthermore, it targets children and youth, who are the future and hope of Egypt. It aims to intrigue them through interactive exhibitions, workshops, and other programs and activities. These activities held under the guidance and supervision of dedicated staff members. It is whose objective is to relay scientific principles in a simple, fun manner.

In fact, ALEXploratorium activities not limited to the young. They attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds to science. It is by making it more accessible, more understandable and far more interesting. They show visitors how they can experience science. It is in almost everything they see, hear, or touch in their everyday lives.

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San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria

San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria

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San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria is a structural complex. It includes Four Seasons hotel, apartments, offices and a shopping mall. Moreover, it also has a marina in Alexandria, Egypt. Furthermore, it is on of its most luxurious areas in Alexandria. Four Seasons hotel features spacious guest rooms. Rooms feature balconies with views of the city, pool, or sea. They also feature LED TVs, signature bedding and marble bathrooms. The bathrooms are with deep soaking tubs.

Alexandria Library and the Roman Amphitheater are twenty minutes driving from San Stefano. San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria houses private residences. It also houses a private marina and a lavish mall. San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria features 4 floors of retail shops. It is not just a complex but a manifestation of the best. The state of the art features  cinemas, a children’s amusement center and Metro supermarket. It also features several coffee shops and a food court. They have an endless variety of choices. In fact, San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria is all about extravagance.

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If you look for more distinguished brands, it is the place to shop. There are also some mid range international brands available. There is something to offer on all levels of living. It starts from beautiful designed apartments to the grand shopping mall. In fact, All your needs and dreams will come true. Moreover, San Stefano Mall is the most vibrant and high end shopping mall in Alexandria city. This unique shopping mall set to redefine the shopping mall concept in Alexandria. It’s position is the best shopping and entertainment destination in the city. The four grand shopping floors facing the glorious Sea. They make San Stefano shopping mall indeed an unequaled experience.

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Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria Egypt

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria Egypt

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Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria is a Jewish synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt. In fact, Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria located in Nabi Daniel street. It Built in 1354. Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria bombed by the French during their invasion of Egypt in 1798. Egyptian Jews constitute one of the oldest an youngest Jewish communities in the world. The historic core of the indigenous community consisted of Arabic-speaking Rabbanites and Karaites. After their expulsion from Spain, Sephardi and Karaite Jews began to emigrate to Egypt. Their numbers increased with the growth of trading prospects. It was after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

Jews from territories of Ottoman Empire, Italy and Greece went to main cities of Egypt.  They settled there where they thrived. The Ashkenazi community, confined to began to arrive in the aftermath of the waves of pogroms. It hit Europe in the latter part of the 19th century. In the late 1950s, Egypt expelled its Jewish population and sequestered Jewish owned property. In 2014, the Jewish population of Egypt estimated at less than 40. It down from between 75,000 and 80,000 in 1948.

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Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue Alexandria re-built in 1850 with contributions from the Mohammad Ali Dynasty. Although services still held in the synagogue, it now caters to a small community of Jewish. This is due to the dwindling number of Jews in Alexandria. Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue is one of the largest synagogues in the Middle East. This magnificent Italian-built structure served Alexandria’s once thriving and cosmopolitan Jewish community. The interior of the synagogue features immense marble columns and space for more than seven hundred people. With brass name plates still affixed to the regular seats of male worshipers.

Since the wars with Israel and the 1956 Suez Crisis, the community has dwindled. Rarely musters the 10 men necessary to hold a service. Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue will give you an idea about the Jewish community was like in the prime. Moreover, Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue will let you know about more than 50.000 Jews lived in Alexandria.

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The Synagogue s impressive interior will give you an idea of just how vibrant the community was. With towering Italian marble columns and brass nameplates of its male patrons, the synagogue seats over 700 people. There is also extra seating upstairs for women. At the front of the synagogue building there is a closed chamber which holds 30 Torah scrolls. They collected from the city’s other Synagogues when they closed.

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Saint Mina Monastery Egypt

Saint Mina Monastery Egypt

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Saint Mina Monastery Egypt located approximately 50 km southwest of Alexandria city, Egypt. In fact, Saint Mina Monastery Egypt nestled in the small village-town of Abu Mina. That is why, sometimes the monastery called Abu Mina Monastery. Saint Mina believed to have fallen as a martyr in the early 4th century. It was when the Roman Empire was persecuting Christians. Moreover, a modern monastery built on the location of an ancient church. It is where the Saint’s remains believed to be buried. A German archaeological team work at Abu Mina since 1969.

Buses depart regularly from Alexandria’s new station (Baheej Station) to Abu Mina town. After reaching Abu Mina town, you can catch a micro-bus to get to Saint Mina Monastery Egypt. The great martyr Saint Mina was an Egyptian young man who came from a large family, with rulers’ status. He left the army to live in the desert and be filled with the blessings of the heavens. Saint Mina then publicly declared his faith in Christ. Furthermore, Saint Mina martyred for Christ’s beloved name. It was after suffering great tribulations.

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God declared the greatness of Saint Mina through the blessings from his relics and countless miracles at Mariut, Egypt. Moreover, several churches built in his name, in that area. The largest of which was the great Cathedral (Basilica) built with seven altars by the Roman emperor Arcadius. He built it with marble and precious stones. Along with the other churches in the area, it attracted many pilgrims. The pilgrims who visited the site to receive the blessings of Saint Mina. In fact, the area turned into a city with homes, mansions, factories, markets and much more. This shows us the saint’s rank among Church saints. Time passed and the area along with its churches faced tribulations, then destruction.

Saint Mina’s relics moved from city to city in threat of being lost. God has preserved this saint’s relics from many dangers. Moreover, Saint Mina’s relics thrown into fire and did not burn, but instead shone a bright light. In fact, these relics lost and moved to another place many times. Every time, God would show that they are the relics of his beloved soldier, the martyr Saint Mina. There is no doubt that it was God who guided the late Pope Kyrillos (Cyril) VI to revive the glorious memory of this magnificent saint. It is besides to bring back life to that land (Mariut). It is which St. Mina once filled with life and miracles. What Pope Cyril did was a noble accomplishment. In fact, it was itself a miracle more than anything. It was that God used to keep this saint’s memory alive.

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Saint Mina’s memory brought back in an extraordinary way. In fact, he left a flame burning in many people’s hearts, until this day. The Pope’s relationship with Saint Mina goes back to the years of his childhood. When he was ordained a monk,  Anba Youaness ordained him with the name Mina. In fact, it was God’s will that. It was in the Baramous Monastery. He also became closer to Saint Mina by using him as an example and praying for his intercession. When he forced to leave the windmill, he built a church in the saint’s name in Old Cairo. In fact, it was not enough to quench his fire of love for this saint.

He kept sending requests for permission from the agency of Archaeology. It was to live in the lower room of Saint Mina’s ancient church in Mariut. He waited for an answer prolonged. Furthermore, he remained persistent until he received the approval. After the altar lot announced him to be the new Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. This was a sign from heaven that the Pope understood. He would not live in a room, which he remained persistent in getting. Instead he would liven up the whole area after becoming Pope of Alexandria. Visitors to Saint Mina Monastery Egypt region used to look at it. They look with sad heart, for the destruction that came about it.

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However, today, they can look at it from a joyful angle for the glorious works that Pope Cyril accomplished. It is in an area that deserted for centuries. He covered it with his faith and gave it his building spirit. This gave the land the heart beat of life and raised the voice of praises within it once again. Its old owner, the Martyr Saint Mina, returned to his land, dressing it once more with the attire of peace. The Pope never discouraged, from work, by the hardship of the way. His old age, the danger of the place, the difficulty of bringing water or building tools to it. And thus many miracles manifested on his hands. The Pope sent to the agency of “desert development” a request. It was to purchase 50 acres next to the ancient city in Mariut.

And the, he also sent another request for 50 more. In 1959, on the first feast for Saint Mina after the Pope’s ordination a large festival tent put up. The Pope sent his secretary to pray evening and raise of incense. He also sent him to ensure that everything was ready for the feast’s Holy Liturgy in the morning. In the morning, his holiness prayed the hymns and the Holy Liturgy. Those who received Holy Communion that morning were about 500 men and women. He then went to the land, which he had bought from the agency of desert development. He prayed, blessed it and placed the cornerstone of Saint Mina Monastery Egypt Alexandria. During the feast, the Pope asked by some of those who were present. It was to sit in the large chair prepared for him. But he refused saying: “This chair is for Saint Mina”.

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The two Alexandrian contractors, Sharobeem and Farag Akladious, built a small church and two rooms for his holiness. They built also another for making the holy host. The Pope and those accompanying him spent months in these two rooms with no safety nor rest. It was just to ensure that the work completed. The Agency of Archaeology agreed to transport of bricks. The brickes had no archaeological value to use in the building of Saint Mina Monastery Egypt. The students used tractors to transport these stones.  It took two full years. A brick wall built around about fifteen acres from Saint Mina Monastery Egypt’s land. Some monk cells built along with another church which blessed in a large celebration attended by thousands of people.

Pope Kyrillos’ yearning for Saint Mina’s ancient church pushed him to ride a donkey to the ancient church. It was to receive the blessing of Saint Mina’s land. The ancient church or Basilica of Abu Mina with its seven altars was taking Pope Cyril’s mind. So he planned to build something similar to liven up the memory of his beloved hero.  The hero who was once visited in this same land by people. The people from all corners of the Earth and all walks of life seeking his prayers and intercession. The area occupied by the new Saint Mina Cathedral in Mariut is more than that of the old St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo. Before his death, Pope Cyril left 55,000 Egyptian pounds to complete this cathedral. It was to suit the glory of that heroic martyr, Saint Mina.

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