Convent Of The Holy Virgin At Dorunka




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Convent Of The Holy Virgin At Dirunka

Convent Of The Holy Virgin At Dirunka

Some 11km southwest of Asyut, this convent was built near a cave where the Holy Family are said to have taken refuge during their flight into Egypt.

Some fifty nuns and monks live at the convent, built into a cliff situated about 120m above the valley. One of the monks will be happy to show you around.

During the Moulid (saints’ festival) of the Virgin (held in the second half of August), up to a million pilgrims come to pray, carrying portraits of Mary and Jesus. You will need to go by taxi.