CAIRO: The Deir Al Suryan’s Holy Virgin Church at Wadi al Natroun Monastery has partially collapsed Friday due to the heavy rainfall hit Egypt’s Delta governorate of Beheira, Antiquities Ministry said on its Facebook page.
“The dome of a side chamber adjacent to the Holy Virgin Church at the Deir Al Suryan has collapsed,” head of the ministry’s Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Department Mohamed Abdel Latif said.
The chamber has no ancient paintings on its wall, Abdel latif said, adding that the Deir Al Suryan, its walls, the surrounding ancient fort and the rest of the buildings at Wadi al Natroun Monastery are “sound and safe.”
The rain water accumulated inside the Holy Virgin Church Wednesday before workers and monks were able to drain the water, he said, adding the walls and the floor of the church are still wet.
The Monastery of St. Macarius and the Monastery of St. Pishoy were not affected by the rain water which partially covered them on Wednesday and was immediately taken out, he said.
Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the ministry assured the safety of the archaeological sites across Egypt, the statement said.
Wadi al Natroun Monastery is one of the three early Christian monastic centers located in the desert of the northwestern Nile Delta.