Photos: Is there where Mary, Jesus travelled through in Egypt?
At some stages of the journey, they are said to have commuted via dinghies to sail up the Nile to reach Mount Koskam
In their biblical round-trip to Egypt, Mary and her son Jesus are said to have also once embarked on an extensive trip of 2,000 km from Palestine to Egypt and back. It is said they spent three years and 11 days living in Egypt.
Archaeology specialist and the director of research and archaeological studies and scientific publication Dr Abdulrahim Rihan told AlArabiya.net more details of the family’s journey.
“Egypt was privileged to have them moving there. Their trail and the places they stopped during their sojourn were sanctified,” he said.
“They traveled from Palestine to the coastal path of north Sinai and then followed the eastern branch of the Nile where they reached Sakha after crossing the western Delta to land opposite Wadi Natrun. Afterwards, they then headed to the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams, where a tree called the ‘Virgin’s Tree’ still stands,” Rihan said.
At some stages of the journey, they are said to have commuted via dinghies to sail up the Nile to reach Mount Koskam, where they settled for some time. The site embraces one of the oldest monasteries in the world known as al-Muharraq Monastery.
The Virgin Mary Church was built over an ancient house where Mary and Jesus dwelled for some time.
Dr. Rihan stressed that Egypt was considered a “safe haven for prophets” throughout the ages.
“From Abraham to Idris (Enoch), Jacob and his sons, then Joseph and Mosses and finally last and not least, the Holy family,” he said.