"The Holy Family journey in Egypt: Al Matariyah" Al Matariyah by Diana75

Al Matariyah Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 41 photos

"Take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt" (Matthew 2:13)

Egypt was part of one of the major events in the biblical history: the journey of Jesus Christ with his mother, the Virgin Mary, and Joseph.

Many of the sites where they stopped are located in Cairo and its surroundings and became now important pilgrimage destinations for both Christian and Muslims.

Although there are many interesting sites, beside the Coptic Cairo and Maadi Church, we have visited only three of these: Al Matariyah, Belbeis and Mostorod.

The Holy Family arrived in Al Matariyah coming from Wadi Al-Natrun, the centre of monastic Coptic Orthodox Church life.

They then left the desert behind and made their way southwards, crossing the Nile to its eastern bank, in order to arrive to Al Matariyah and Ain Shams.

At AI Matariya the Holy Family sheltered under a tree known nowadays as the Virgin Mary's tree.

Here is also the spring of water from which Jesus drank, and blessed it.

I've put all the interesting places in Al Matariyah under the "Things to do" chapter, according to the order they are located from the entrance to the site; while under the "Off the beaten path" are some details I've particularly liked there.

  • Last visit to Al Matariyah: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 4, 2006
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2006 at 3:46 PM

    Very interesting page and tips on the Holy Family. Great job!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2006 at 4:53 AM

    Fascinating info about the Holy Family and their connection to Egypt. Lovely dedications to them also. And thank you for visiting my Antwerp, Belgium page.

  • Jun 30, 2006 at 2:08 PM

    Thanks Diana, for dropping by. I decided to take it real easy this w/end. Your Al Matariyah Page is great with good info and pic's. Re: your w/end? Have a good one!!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2006 at 11:38 PM

    Al Matariyah sounds to be a nice place to visit, with lovely vegetation!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 9:53 AM

    Catholic symbols in Egypt ? ! Nice to know and excellent page Diana

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 1:14 PM

    Felicitari!!! Este o relaxare sa privesc noutaile pe care le aduci in fiecare zi in paginile tale! Gabriela


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