Anthony's monastery and its neighbor St. Paul's are the oldest
monasteries in Egypt.
deep in the Red Sea mountains and relying on springs for their
water supply, both still observe rituals that have hardly
changed in 16 centuries. They are accessible by special tours
form Cairo, Suez or Hurghada and a stay in either monastery
can be arranged in advance.St. Anthony's was founded in 356
AD, just after the saint's death.
Today it is a self contained village with gardens, a mill,
a bakery and five churches with exceptional wall paintings
and icons. There is also a library that boasts over 1700 manuscripts.
St. Anthony's Cave, where he lived as a hermit, lies 2km away
form the monastery and
680 meters above the Red Sea. It offers stunning views of
the mountains and the sea offers the chance to see a wide
range of bird life.