3 killed in collapse inside ancient monastery in Minya
Sun, Dec. 1, 2019
CAIRO - 1 December 2019: Civil protection forces on Sunday managed to retrieve three bodies from the rubble of a collapsed wall inside an ancient monastery in Upper Egypt's Minya.
The fatalities of the wall collapse inside the Monastery of Saint Fana in Minya's Malawi included two four-year old children and a 50-year old lady. Four people were also wounded.
The incident was referred to prosecution to disclose the reasons behind the collapse, a source said.
The monastery dates back to the sixth century AD. It was built with mud bricks and has an area of 260 meter square.
Minya's historic place<\b>
The small town Malawi in Minya governorate was the birthplace of Maria the Copt, who married lslam's Prophet Muhammad. It is also the birthplace of Hagar, the wife of Prophet Ibrahim.
Minya has a number of important ancient mosques from several ages, such as the Egyptian Mosque and Al Foley Mosque.
The most important archaeological sites of the governorate include Tuna el-Gebel (Greek monuments), Tel Al-Amarna (ancient Egyptian monuments), El-Bahnasa (ancient Egyptian, Greek, Christian and Islamic monuments)
El-Bahnasa is one of the most famous archaeological cities in the governorate, containing monuments from different Egyptian eras, such as ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic and even modern monuments, with mansions and buildings that are more than 100 years old.
The Monastery of the Virgin or "Dair al-Adhra" is 25 kilometers northeast of Minya City and about 2 kilometers from the Eastern Desert Road. It is one of the most important Christian sites, which the Holy Family went through and stayed at during their journey in Egypt.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Oraby
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