The Holy Family in Egypt

The Holy Family in Egypt

The Holy Family in Egypt

History of the Holy Family in Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal

Who is the Holy Family?

Egypt acted as a haven for the holy family & baby Jesus as they attempted to escape the cruel hand of King Herod the ruler of Judea. The story begins when Jesus id declared the prophet of God and the next king of the jews, that’s why king Herod felt threatened of Baby Jesus and his followers and decided to kill him. After Joseph received a warning from an angel of the lord, the Virgin Mary, and Jesus left Bethlehem and head to Egypt where king Herod had no political powers.

How Long did the Holy Family Stay in Egypt?

The holy family crossed 26 locations throughout the county as they sought out a refuge during their three and a half years of hiding. The holy family started their quest through northern Sinai where they entered Egypt. The holy family kept consistently changing their location in order to avoid the reach of Herod’s spies.

Where Did the Holy Family Stay and Journey to in Egypt

The first main city they crossed was Farama a.k.a ancient Pelusium which hold a first-century church which was built after the introduction of Christianity by st.mark. This place also holds many churches and monasteries from the old and modern era, they ventured to Mostorod a.k.a el Mahamaah (The Bathing Place) where the Virgin Mary bathed Jesus in and washed his clothes, in the north of Cairo the next destination was small town near Mostorod, “Tel Basta” where Jesus blessed the land causing a water spring to well up from the ground.

The third stop was “Belbeis” where they sat under the shades of a sycamore tree which later became known as the “Virgin Mary’s Tree“, the holy family crossed the Nile to the city of Samanoud and then the city Sakha also known as ‘Peka-Issous‘ “The Foot of Jesus” which is inspired by a rock with a relief of baby Jesus foot on it. Wadi El Natroun was also on their route which later became the home to many monasteries reflecting the well-preserved Coptic art.

Next, they entered the city of Cairo through the districts of Matariyah and Ain Shams, then they headed to Old Cairo formerly known as Babylon which was a massive fortress that was turned to the infamous Abu Sirga Church and the legendary Hanging Church. The holy family then headed to Maadi which they boarded a sailboat that took them to southern Egypt, on the docking point in Maadi the Virgin Mary Church was built. The family then headed to Minya where they crossed the east bank of the Nile to the summit of Gabal Al-Kaf (Mountain of the Palm) where a laurel tree bowed to Jesus as he passed, it is referred as El Abed or the Worshipper. The family then crossed the west bank of the Nile to Gebel Qussqam in Assiut where they stayed for six months longer than any other place in Egypt, in the same area monastery of Al-Moharraq was constructed, also in the same spot an angel appeared to Joseph’s dream telling him to return to Palestine as King Herod is dead.

Many churches and monasteries were built along their trail and many spiritualists, explores, and travels are taken by the holy family’s journey as a highly popular draw, check our Egypt tour packages to book your dream vacation in Egypt and visit the most famous churches in Egypt.


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The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

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You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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