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Monastery of St. Paul
Monastery of St. Paul dates to the fifth century
and was founded in memory of one of Egypt's greatest
saints and anchorites. St. Paul was born to rich
parents in Alexandria in 228, however, by the
age of sixteen, he
lost his parents. After the death of his parents,
Paul renounced his inheritance and consecrated his
life to God, eventually seeking refuge in the wilderness
of Egypt's Eastern Desert, where he is said to have
lived until the age of one hundred and thirteen.
Living in his cave and clothed in a tunic made of
plaited palm leaves, tradition holds that a raven
brought a half of a loaf of bread each day for him
Our trip to St. Paul’s started by packing
a picnic lunch, then hopping in the car for the
2 and half hour drive to the monastery. When we
arrived we were warmly welcomed and invited into
the reception area where we were served tea while
we awaited the arrival of the monk who would show
us around the grounds. Our monk was dressed in black
from head to toe with the exception of his bright
blue flip-flops. He had been with the monastery
for 18 years and spoke Arabic, Coptic, and English.
He was very serene and soft spoken as he guided
us past the ancient hoist used to haul food, goods
and even visitors up the wall and into the monastery.
The rope hoist was no longer in use and we walked
through an opening in the ancient walls. We were
then guided up an arched passageway to the refectory
where we saw all sorts of old pottery, utensils
and a coffee grinder. Next,
we had to duck our heads under an ancient doorway
to enter the two rooms that were once used as mills.
Within each room were big millstones which were
operated by huge wooden gears turned by animals.
These too are no longer in use and the flour is
now bought from the local village. We stepped back
into the sun and walked past a garden full of olive
trees to the ancient spring named for St. Paul which
resides in the north wing of the complex.
spring continues to supply water at the rate of
four cubic meters per day. The water comes from
a mountain crevice and flows into a cemented reservoir
tank and is used for drinking and cooking. A small
drain allows the surplus water to drain into a second
reservoir, which is used by the monks for washing,
and a final drain carries off the remaining water
into a large basin where it is distributed for irrigation.
Our tour ended back in the reception area where
we were again shown the hospitality the monks of
St. Paul’s are famous for - ice cold 7-Ups!
Matrix Reloaded' Is Banned in Egypt
in Egypt have banned the box office hit "The
Matrix Reloaded." The ban is done on religious
grounds because the film is too violent. The head
of the Egyptian censorship body says the country's
highest committee decided not to let the movie
be shown. An official with the censorship body
says there is no one scene the panel had problems
with; it was the movie as a whole. But in a statement
the committee said it did like the high-tech effects,
which they describe as "fabulous." The
"Matrix" sequel, starring Keanu Reeves,
is still among the top five movies in the United
States and has taken in more than $200 million
in four weeks.
Dismisses Briton's Nefertiti Mummy Claim
Further to last week's issue,
it has been reported that Egypt's antiquities chief
has dismissed a British Egyptologist's claim she may
have found the mummy of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, the
stepmother of legendary boy King Tutankhamen. Nefertiti,
the wife and co-ruler with pharaoh Akhenaten, has long
been considered one of the most powerful women of ancient
Egypt. Her husband ruled from 1379 to 1362 BC.
Fletcher, a mummification specialist from England's
University of York, announced Monday she thought one
of three mummies found in a tomb in Luxor's Valley of
the Kings may have been that of Nefertiti. Zahi
Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities,
dismissed the idea. "This mistake and these statements
are not based on sure facts or evidence".
based her theory partly on the similarity between the
swan-like neck of one of the mummies and that of Nefertiti,
whose likeness was sculpted in a limestone bust now
in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. Hawass
said the theory could not be based on a resemblance
between the mummy and artistic representations of the
Amarna period in which Nefertiti lived. "Art
in the Amarna era was based on beautifying the King
or Queen and not on reality or actual features,"
found other physical links, including the impression
of a tight-fitting browband Nefertiti once wore, a double-pierced
ear lobe and shaved head. Nefertiti
was one of only two of Egypt's royal women believed
to have worn two earrings in each ear.
tomb of Tutankhamen, a boy king who ruled Egypt in the
14th century BC, was discovered in 1922 in one of Egyptology's
most famous finds. It was packed with artifacts that
took almost 10 years to remove from the site.
Web Site of the Week
Provides online dictionaries in 150 different languages,
grammar for 70 languages, and pages of linguistic fun.
18th June - 7pm
performed by El Gouna International
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Ghada Essam Nagib
free of charge
Bordiehn´s Restaurant / Villa Kunterbunt
The Restaurant with Egyptian
Background and German Management
Hurghada Red-Sea Egypt
012 31 52599 or 010 545 9991
for a good company to
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in Lotus Bay, Safaga. Please contact: Mahmoud
012 224 2527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
as Personal Assistant/Secretary/Office Manager,
wanted - in Hurghada - to start immediately.
Speak Norwegian & English fluently, and
Spanish & German. Computer literate. Please
contact: Camilla 012 426 4014 or email email@example.com
as Guest Relation/Reception/Office/Secretary
in Sharm el Sheikh from September 2003.
25 years old, Swiss nationality and speak German,
English, French, Italian and Arabic. Please
contact : Susanne Geissler Susanne.Geissler@gkb.ch
I am a 24 year old female seeking a job in
Sinai, preferably Sharm el Sheikh, but open
to any other place, for the month of August
only. I speak both English and Arabic,
am a Rescue Diver, have worked for two years
with children in British International schools
in Cairo, and love to sing! I am willing to
try anything new! Contact me on 012 2149983
or second hand (good condition) children's
toys suitable for children aged 18 months
plus. Please call 012 718 6276. Hurghada.
- English reading books,
anything considered, will pay and Learn
German books in English. Call Lisa or
Paul on 012 718 1297. Hurghada.
Pro Nitrox Computer
with instruction book (English) and face guard,
good condition - 1100 LE o.n.o. Oceanic
Versa Pro Nitrox Computer with instruction
book, only made 10 dive, unwanted present -
1800 LE o.n.o. (was 2600 LE new). Brand new
with hp hose, depth gauge, air gauge and compass
- 700 LE o.n.o. Tiguullio
mask with side windows, brand new - 180
LE o.n.o. Sherwood split
fins as new, size medium/small - 400
LE o.n.o. Call Lisa or Paul on 012 718 1297.
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