Coptic monasteries: Egypt's monastic art and architecture
Egypt, the birthplace of communal monasticism, has a rich store of monasteries and monastic art. Coptic Monasteries takes the reader on a tour of the best preserved and most significant of these ancient religious centers, documenting in exhaustive detail the richness and the glory of the Coptic heritage. An informative introduction by Tim Vivian brings to life the early Christian era, with background information on the origins of the Coptic Church as well as its rites and ceremonies, sketches of some of monasticism's founding figures, and accounts of some of the difficulties they faced, from religious schism to nomadic attacks. Gawdat Gabra's expert commentary, complemented by almost one hundred full-color photographs of newly restored wall paintings and architectural features, covers monasteries from Aswan to Wadi al-Natrun. Ranging across a thousand years of history, Gabra's observations will make any reader an expert on the composition and content of some of Egypt's most outstanding religious art, the salient architectural features of each monastery, as well as the ongoing process of restoration that has returned much of their original vibrancy to these works. A unique and invaluable historical record, Coptic Monasteries is equally an in-depth, on-the-spot guide to these living monuments or an armchair trip back in time to the roots of one of the world's oldest Christian traditions.
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The Monasteries of Wadi alNatrun _ _
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al-Faiyum al-Maqrizi Alexandria Anba Hatre angels Annunciation Antony Apollo at Bawit Apostles apse aquarelle copy Arabic arch Archangel Gabriel architectural sculpture Aswan Athanasius Baramus bishop buildings cave cells cenobitic Chapel Christ Christian Church of St columns Coptic art Coptic Church Coptic monasteries Coptic Museum Coptic text Copts cross decorated depicted desert domed bays east wall Egypt Egyptian enthroned entrance equestrian saints Evangelist Fatimid fifth century figures flanked Gabra Grossmann Hermit hermitages Holy Virgin Mary idem inscriptions Jeremiah at Saqqara John the Little Kellia khurus kilometers left hand Leroy Macarius mandorla martyr medallions Monastery of Anba Monastery of St monastery's monastic monasticism Moorsel Moses the Black Naqlun narthex nave niche ninth Nitria north wall northern Pachomius Pantocrator patriarchs Paul plate Pshoi Qubbat al-Hawa Red Monastery refectory represented Sanctuary of St Saqqara scene Scetis semidome seventh century Shenute side Syrians triconch upper Wadi al-Natrun wall paintings White Monastery