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The Churches of Egypt From the Journey of the Holy Family to the Present Day

300 LE

Short Description:
Authors : Gawdat Gabra and Gertrud J.M. van Loon Edited by Carolyn Ludwig Photographs by Sherif Sonbol
  • Publisher: American University Press Cairo
  • Pages: 330
  • Hard Cover: True
  • ISBN: 9789774161063
  • Publishing Date: 2007

With over 300 full-color photographs, this is the first fully illustrated book devoted to Christian houses of worship in Egypt. The text incorporates the latest research to complement the broad geographic scope covering nearly all significant Coptic sites throughout the country, from the ancient Coptic churches in Old Cairo to the churches in the monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun, the Red Sea, and Upper Egypt. Churches associated with the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt, including Gabal al-Tayr and Dayr al-Muharraq, enrich the volume. Churches of all other Christian denominations in Egypt are also described and beautifully illustrated here. A number of Greek Orthodox churches, Evangelical Coptic, Catholic, Armenian, and Anglican churches are included. Introductory chapters on the history of Christianity in Egypt, the architecture of the Coptic Church, and Coptic wall paintings help readers to appreciate fully the great cultural, artistic, and architectural heritage of Egypt’s Christians. Gawdat Gabra, a former director of the Coptic Museum, is the author or editor of numerous books on Egyptian Christianity, including The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press, 2006). He is currently visiting professor of Coptic Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Gertrud J.M. van Loon specializes in Coptic art and archaeology. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, where she is currently working as a researcher. Sherif Sonbol is a highly regarded Egyptian photographer. He has contributed photographs to numerous illustrated books, including Egyptian Palaces and Villas, 1808–1960 (AUC Press, 2006).