Christian Pilgrimages Egypt Tours.
Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NIV)
Christian Pilgrimages and Tours of Egypt, the Holy Land.
The Pilgrimage Experience “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (Jn. 1:14)* Pilgrims frequently describe their pilgrimage to the Holy Land as a life-changing experience. They find it difficult to express the absolute bliss they feel during this unique spiritual adventure for egypt tours.
Our proposed pilgrimage to follow Exodus egypt tours:
We will spend time retracing the footsteps of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness, stay on the Nile to visit the ancient tombs and temples -- perhaps the very spot where Pharaoh’s daughter drew the baby Moses from the water and visit the Mummy Room where there are strong chances you will be face to face with the same Pharaoh that Moses spoke to at the time of the Exodus.
Egypt as a place, and as a nation, is one of the most frequently mentioned names in the Bible. From the time when Abram went down to Egypt in a famine, to baby Jesus' flight to Egypt, it spans Genesis to the Gospels. It is full of meaning and symbolism, but not always the same symbolism. Egypt became a byword among the Israelites, and its prominent place in Scripture is not easy to ignore. In the book of Genesis, Egypt is mentioned frequently, and for a number of different purposes and occasions.
Tourists go to Egypt for many reasons. Obviously, there are the classical tours, which visit ancient sites, perhaps even including a few religious monuments. They also go to beaches, or even nature tours, for example. But many such visits, such as beach vacationing, require little planning and are not complex. Classical tours require more thought, as do purely religious tours. Religious tours actually take many different forms. However, we do not usually think of visits to ancient Egyptian temples as a religious tour, but rather classical. Religious tours usually involve visits to Christian. As an example, St. Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai can be considered as one site, as most visitors to one also visit the other (one can hardly help but see Mount Sinai when visiting St. Catherine's). Though a Christian monastery, it also said to contain elements that relate to the Christian Old Testament.
There are many Coptic Christian pilgrimages in Egypt which may originate from outside of Egypt, or, with the exception of Jewish pilgrimages, inside Egypt. Most are very specialized, and are frequently conducted by specialist travel companies, though many regular tour operators in Egypt also offer various Islamic pilgrimages because of the dominant presence of the Muslim community in Egypt. It must be mentioned that there is usually little wrong with regular tourists visiting pilgrimage sites, provided that they have some understanding of what is expected from them (such as dress), and are respectful. Many tourists, usually outside of groups, in fact do, particularly if they are interested in local culture.
A very popular tour is, for example, the route of the Exodus. On the other hand, another popular tour is to follow the Route of the Holy Family in Egypt (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). For information on Exodus tours and the Route of the Holy Family, we have provided specific sections on Tour Egypt. These types of tours will visit not only various ancient churches, but other locations where the Jewish Exodus or the Holy Family was thought to have stopped, or which might be mentioned in the Bible. However, many other such tours are likely only to visit various ancient churches and monasteries. This brings us to the question of which churches and monasteries are most important for this type of tour.
It should be noted that many of the most interesting of these are active churches and monasteries of ancient origin. Active sites bring a certain cultural dynamic to the visit that simply cannot be found in viewing ruins only. Some people may have developed an interest in a specific location, but in general, many of the most important sites are actually somewhat conveniently located near or in Cairo. One could, in fact, spend a considerable amount of time on a Christian oriented tour just inside Cairo.
Of course, the main attraction is Old Cairo, mostly within the Fort Babylon District where there are a number of fine, ancient Egyptian Christian churches, together with the Coptic Museum, and even an old Jewish temple known as Ben Ezer. This is the oldest section of Cairo proper, with walls that were built by the Romans. Here, one can find the Hanging Church (El-Muallaqa), which is perhaps the most famous single Christian church in Egypt. And while we may not include them in our list of the most important stops, there are also a number of ancient Churches not too far away at Haret Zuwaila. It should be noted that many, many classical tours include the churches and monasteries at Fort Babylon as part of their tours. All of these churches and monasteries are active.
Outside of Cairo, the closest Christian monument is the Monastery of St. Jeremiah at Saqqara, which was an important religious site, but is now uninhabited. This site is only a few miles outside Cairo, and is also a stop on many classical tours because of the pharaonic importance of Saqqara and its early pyramids. Otherwise, though perhaps not considered as particularly major religious sites, there are nevertheless important monasteries in the Fayoum Oasis, a little more south of Cairo. Needless to say, one could spend a number of days visiting these sites that are in Cairo, or only a day trip away.
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