The Journey starts with the Holy Family fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod Antipas, they journeyed for three years throughout Egypt, mainly along the Nile. we will take you on a fascinating journey through modern-day Egypt in the footsteps of the Holy Family, about the Delta region and up the Nile to a place called Mount Qussqam, where Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus resided for six months.
The Holy Family left from Bethlehem to Egypt and They started their journey through northern Sinai until reaching Farama. The places they stayed in have now been transformed to churches and monasteries.
The next destination of the journey is Tel Basta where Jesus performed a miracle. He blessed the place by causing a water spring to well up from the ground.
The Family then reached Mostorod, also known as el Mahamaah, meaning the bathing place. A name that was given to the town Virgin Mary bathed in child Jesus and washed his clothes.
After that, the Holy Family made their way to Belbeis where they sat under the shades of a sycamore tree, later known as the “Virgin Mary’s Tree.”
When they crossed the Nile to the city of Samanoud, Jesus hollowed another water well. While in Sakha, it is believed Jesus touched a stone and pure water thrust from it.The Holy Family then traveled westward to the Valley of Natroun. The Valley was the monasticism’s first home in the world to practice meditating God and you visit EL Baramose, Anba Bishoy, El Sorian & Abu Makar monastery.
The Family eventually headed to Cairo’s districts of Matariyah and Ain Shams where Jesus created a water well and blessed it. Then Virgin Mary washed Jesus’s cloth pouring the water onto the ground which blossomed the Balsam tree. Balsam essence is used for the preparation of the Holy Myron.
The Holy Family moved on to Old Cairo where they took refuge in a cave. At this site the Church of Abi Serja, within the walls of the Fortress of Babylon, was built years later. The whole area has become a place of pilgrimage for Egyptians and Christians from around the globe.They then set out to Al-Maadi, where the Virgin Mary Church was built by the Nile. From where the Family embarked a sailing boat heading southwards.
The Family then headed to Minya from which they crossed to the east bank of the Nile. There stands the Monastery of the Virgin on top of the Gabal Al-Kaf (Mountain of the Palm). It is believed that Jesus left an imprint of his palm on a stone in the mountain.
From that spot, the Family crossed the Nile back west, to Qussqam in Assiut. They stayed for more than six months, longer than any other place in Egypt. In that area, the Monastery of Al-Moharraq was built.
You can have also a magnificent tour over the Sinai Mountains, and retrace the footsteps of Moses when he climbed Mount Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments. On your journey, back down the mountain you will stop at St. Catherine’s Monastery, built between 527 and 565 A.D. The monastery is believed to have been built around the site of Moses’ Burning Bush. since you are in Egypt, we will never let miss out the chance to disover the pharoah of pyramids complex and the Egyptian museum.
Along your journey, you will meet with monks and our travel experts all of whom have a stake in the story of the Holy Family’s journey, as they know it. Through their eyes, you will be drawn into a dramatic story of escape and miraculous interventions.
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