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Feature Article... FIFA World Cup @ Hurghada



 

 
 
 
 

Make your Escape... The Hanging Church

 

The Hanging Church

The Hanging Church is considered the oldest church in the area of Al Fustat (Old Cairo).

It is known as Al Muallaka (the hanging) because it was built on ruins of two old towers remaining from an old fortress called the fortress of Babylon. It was dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St. Dimiana.

It dates back to the end of the 3rd century AD and the beginning of the 4th century A.D, but it was reconstructed and renovated several times ever since. Some historians believe that it was built earlier and it might have been a Roman Temple that was later converted to Roman Church. and on later period it became a Coptic Church, the evidence was those scenes which were discovered in 1984 at the western side of the right aisle of the church and which contained pagan Roman gods, but they were covered by a layers of Pilaster.

This church has played an important role in the history of the Coptic Church because it became the seat of the Patriarchs after transferring it from Alexandria to Al Fustat. The 66th patriarch Anba Christodolos (1039-1079 AD) was the first pope to chant the holly liturgy in the church. This was maintained in El Mullaka Church until the 14th century when it transferred to Abu Sefein church.

Here there are 110 icons, the oldest of which dates back to the 8th century, but most of them date back to 18th century. Some of them were given as gift by Nakhla Al- Baraty Bey in 1898 A.D when he was the overseer of the church at that time.

The French monk Vansleb who was sent to Egypt about 1671 by king Louis XIV in order to study the state of the churches and the monasteries of Egypt, have mentioned that he saw on one of the walls of the Hanging Church, inscription written by the hand of the great Muslim commander Amr Ibn EL-ss asking the Muslim people to treat this church with respect.


The plan of the church


It takes the shape of a basilica and it has a wooden roof in the shape of Noah's Ark. The church was very spacious but became much smaller through out the ages after several modifications; the last one was done by Obeid Bin Khozam in 1755 AD. It measures now 23.5 m in length, 18.5 in width and 9.5 m in height.

In front of the entrance there is a vestibule which was used as a resting place for visitors.

Inside, the Southern Aisle separated from the nave by 8 marble columns, linked from above with a wooden architrave which is supported on arches.

The Northern Aisle is also separated from the nave by 8 marble columns but there is no architrave.

Nearly in the middle of the Southern Aisle there is a door, which leads to a small church with a sanctuary, inside this small church there is a baptistery which is a deep basin of reddish granite, it probably dates back to the 5th century. It is decorated for the sign of water in Hieroglyphics.

Of the three sanctuaries situated on the Eastern side, the most important is the middle one, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the centre of this main sanctuary there is an altar made of marble. Above it there is a wooden dome supported by 4 marble columns. The dome is decorated with religious scenes such as Jesus on his throne surrounded by the four evangelist saints, the disciples, and the angles.
In front of the middle altar in the Nave of the church, is a Pulpit which stands on 15 columns decorated with relief and mosaic, they symbolically represent Jesus, the 12 disciples, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary.

There are 7 altars in the Church, 3 of them situated in the main sanctuary, 3 altars located to the right sanctuary. Among which is the altar of Tecla Hymanot the Ethiopian Saint and another that was recently discovered in the northern side.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

News...

 

New Deco Chamber in Marsa Shagra

Baromedical is an Egyptian underwater medicine company started the operation of a Recompression Chamber and a Medical Center in Marsa Shagra, 22 km north of Marsa Alam on the 1st June 2006.

An opening ceremony will be held for the diving centers and diving Safaris of the Red Sea in the evening of the 6th of June 2006.

For further information call: Dr. Hossam Nasef + 20 122187550


2006 - A Great Year Of Success“

On Saturday 27th May 2006 HEPCA, its partners and members, celebrated a “Great Year of Success”.

The celebrations, hosted by Travel Ways, took place at the Sol Y Mar Makadi Star Resort & Spa and invitees in attendance included General Major Bakr Elrashidy the Red Sea Governor, the Coca Cola Company, The Shark Project, USAID, the LIFE Project, EEAA, the Egyptian Underwater and Lifesaving Federation, representatives of the El Quseir Charta, Reef Check, VDST (The Association of German Sports Divers) and the local and international media.

The celebrations began with an address by Dr. Samir Sombaty, Chairman of HEPCA, and the introduction of the Red Sea Governor. The Red Sea Governor addressed the audience and voiced his concern and support of positive environmental issues taking place in the Red Sea.
HEPCA’s continuing partnership with USAID and the LIFE Project, and its continuing support from the Coca Cola Company, was further cemented with the joint celebration of the launch of a Material Recovery Facility, which will be established and operated within an integrated solid waste management system, located 2 km southwest of Marsa Alam city. The Project, co-sponsored by USAID and the Coca Cola Company, will not only focus on the collection and recycling of waste, but will also provide employment opportunities to the local community, through waste collection, transportation, trading and at the disposal site for non-recyclables. In addition, employment opportunities and income will be generated from the selling of the recyclables.
During the celebrations, Dr. Andreas Keppeler of The Shark Project presented the Red Sea Governor with its prestigious Shark Guardian of the Year 2006 award, awarded to the Arab Republic of Egypt in recognition of the achievement to secure a decree banning shark fishing in the whole of the Egyptian Red Sea. The Shark Project is the largest, non-for-profit organisation working to promote a better understanding of sharks, with special emphasis on protection, conservation and research, and achieves its goals by organizing seminars, lectures, public talks and co-operating with the media to reach the general public.
The El Quseir Charta was also presented during the celebrations with many new members signing the charta as an indication of their support. In December 2005, a symposium on coral reef protection was held in El Quseir at the initiative of the diving company SUBEX. For the first time ever, a body comprising of government representatives, environmental lobbyists, academics, members of the tourism trade, diving enthusiasts and the media met up to work out some pointers on coral reef protection. Stakeholders were, and still are, invited to voluntarily sign the charta in acknowledgment of their share of the responsibility for conserving our marine habitats and actively undertaking to conserve coral reefs for themselves and future generations.

The celebrations were concluded with the presentation of a number of awards including those from HEPCA to a number of its supporters and members including the EEAA, Reef Check, Mena Dive, Emperor Divers, James & Mac Diving Center, Dive Tribe, Red Sea Diving Safari and SUBEX, in appreciation and recognition of their unwavering support.
The evening was continued with all attending a Gala Dinner.
HEPCA would like to thank all its partners and members for their continued support and would like to thank all those who attended the celebrations and made it an evening to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination
 
 
 
 
 

What's on... Hurghada

 

Bordiehn's Restaurant
:::Culinary Playground:::

Spaghettini with white truffles Tuscany Stlyle
Spaghettini mit weißen Trüffeln Toskana Style

Bisque Soup with Crab, Shrimps and Mussel
Bisque von Taschenkrebsen, Shrimps und Muscheln

Lamb Chops gratinated with Feta and herbs
Lammkotelletts mit Feta-käse und Kräutern überbacken

Apricot-Dumbling with Amarena-Cherry Sauce
Aprikosenknödel mit Amarena-Kirsch Sauce


Villa Kunterbunt * Arabia Beach Resort * Hurghada * Fon: 0020 65 548 790-9 * Fax: 0020 65 544 888 * kunterbunt@bordiehn.com * http://www.bordiehn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
EL QUSEIR CHARTA - ZUSAMMEN MEER BEWEGEN
 
 
 
 

Body & Soul

Healthy Eating Quick Tips

To get on the healthy eating track, pay attention to what you eat, what you snack on, what the nutrition labels say, how you prepare foods and how you handle hunger.

What You Eat

It is often against our instincts to make a meal that revolves around rice and vegetables rather than meat and fried potatoes, but it is imperative that we all go beyond first instincts to plan healthy meals. Keep track of the meals you've eaten during the week, if it seems that you've been eating an inordinate amount of foods from the meat and cheese group of the Food Guide Pyramid, make extra effort to round out your next few meals with foods from the remaining groups. Meal planning is an excellent way to stay on the healthy eating track. Plan meals in advance and keep your cupboards stocked with foods that can be made into quick well-balanced meals on days when there isn't time or energy to plan.

What You Snack On

Put fruits and vegetables on your snacks list. Rather than grabbing a bag of chips while you're at the office, keep a supply of dried fruit and vegetables at your desk, this way you'll cut extra, unplanned fat and sodium from your diet.

Nutritional Labels

Be sure to read the nutritional labels on the foods you buy. Find out if the foods you eat daily actually have the nutrition elements that you expect, want and need. Note that the "serving size" on each label doesn't mean that is how much you should eat, nor is it referencing the food pyramid's intended serving sizes. Instead, it is telling you the size of food that has been used to determine how much fats, vitamins, and minerals are in a certain amount of the food under scrutiny.

How You Prepare Foods

Use cooking methods that maintain your healthy objectives. Boil, steam, fry in a non-stick pan with a non-stick spray rather than oil or butter (when possible), roast, or bake your dishes. Instead of using oil when sautéing vegetables, use 2 tablespoons of water. Place the water and vegetables in the water and saute as if you were using oil. Your vegetables will cook without any added fat!

Hunger is the Ultimate Bad Influence!

Don't be a procrastinator when it comes to eating or grocery shopping. If you put off eating for too long, not only will your body not have the energy that it needs to make it through the day, but you will be more likely to forego healthy eating in favor of a quick hamburger or a fatty meal from a fast food restaurant. When you put off grocery shopping until you are really hungry, you are more likely to buy foods that you wouldn't, if you had been thinking clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Parents & Kids

 

ABC Book of Mom

Materials:

  • Blank notebook
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Magazine clippings
  • Glue

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

  1. Decorate a blank notebook with the letters of the alphabet.
  2. Pick one attribute about your mother that starts with that letter of the alphabet. For example, for the letter C there could be a picture of a cookie because she makes the best cookies.

Variations: Instead of using just markers and crayons, use magazine and newspaper clippings to decorate your book.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Special Announcement
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:::June 2006:::





Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am


Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft
im Café del Mar


Übertragung der Spiele ab 9. Juni

Heinecken vom Fass

Parkplätze vor der Tür

Freirunden bei jedem Tor, das Deutschland schießt

Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts

 

 
 
 
 
 

Recipe

 

The tri-colored pasta along with the variety of vegetables, pepperoni, cheeses and spices is what makes this pasta salad out of this world. Great to take to a BBQ on those warm summer nights. This salad tastes wonderful right after you make it, but is best served the day after.


Prep Time: 15 Minutes * Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In:1 Hour 25 Minutes * Servings:12 (change)


INGREDIENTS

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked tri-colored spiral pasta
1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
1 head fresh cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
1 red onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
8 ounces pepperoni slices, cut into quarters
1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
1 (6 ounce) can large pitted black olives, drained and sliced
1/2 cup olive oil, or to taste
1/2 cup red wine vinegar, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Toss chilled pasta with the broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, garlic, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, olives, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt, pepper. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

 


 
 

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