CAIRO: The Ministry of Antiquities will assign a committee to examine all monasteries in Wadi al-Natrun of Delta’s Beheira governorate after a monastery partially collapsed due to heavy rainwater, Coptic Orthodox Church spokesperson Paul Halim announced Thursday.
The team will examine Wadi al-Natrun’s three monasteries of The Deir Al Suryan, The Monastery of St. Macarius and the Monastery of St. Pishoy after rainwater hit the governorate last week, the statement added, noting that the committee will frame a plan to protect these archeological sites in the future.
The Deir Al Suryan’s Holy Virgin Church at Wadi al Natroun Monastery has partially collapsed due to the heavy rainfall hit Beheira last week. “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 Nov. 7.
Last week, Mediterranean cities of Egypt, particularly Alexandria and Beheria have been stricken by heavy showers; 25 people were killed in Beheira in rainwater-related accidents, while other buildings drowned.
Additional reporting by Rany Mostafa.