Five large Coptic Orthodox monasteries are active in the Wadi Natron, northwest of Cairo. Professors Michael Fuller and Neathery Fuller visited the monasteries of Deir Bishoy and Deir el-Suriyana during 1992.



View from the roof of Deir Bishoy looking at Deir el-Suryani Monastery.

View from the nave looking into the haikal of the church of St. Bishoy

View from the nave looking into the haikal of the church of St. Bishoy

View of the interior nave of the church of St. Bishoy

Interior of the church in Deir Bishoy.

Monks chanting in Beir Bishoy.

Two incense burners and charcoal stored in niche above a workbench.


Pulley for drawbridge protecting inner keep.

Wood panels with white inlays at Deir el-Suryani.

Figural panels of saints in the inlay patterns.

Inlay panel of crosses.


Molded stuccco panels on walls of haikal



Wood and inlay panel like one of the stucco panel found Area 9 at Tell Tuneinir that was discovered during archaeological excavation by St. Louis Community College.


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