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  • Inside the upper church in Belbeis
    Inside the upper church in Belbeis
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  • The lower church
    The lower church
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  • Decoration in the upper church
    Decoration in the upper church
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    Coptic monk in Belbeis 1 more image

    by Diana75 Updated Apr 9, 2006

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    As almost all the Christian sites in Egypt located in regions with Muslim majority, the Church of St. George in Belbeis is usually closed, except the services time.

    This doesn't mean that you cannot visit it.

    Our guide just asked for the monk which was taking care of the church and he opened it for us and presented us the history of this important place.

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    by Diana75 Updated Apr 9, 2006

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    This is the oldest part of the church which is still currently used as a chapel.

    An old iconostas is hidden by a velvet curtain, while a few icons of the Holy Family, St. George and the Apostoles can be found here.

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    by Diana75 Updated Apr 9, 2006

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    The upper church is the new part of the church built in 1960.

    Except the wooden iconostas, the interior of the church can be considered relatively austere. Right from the entrance the attention is attracted by the beautiful wooden iconostas with different shapes of white crosses, adorned with icons of the Holy Family and other saints.

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    Man with gun in Belbeis church

    by Diana75 Updated Apr 9, 2006

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    A police patrol joined our bus on our way to Belbeis and accompanied us from there to Mostorod and Al Matariyah.

    It was quite a discreet presence and, although many of us remarked the man with the gun, which you can also see in my picture, we still didn't feel their presence as something to scare us, as in Egypt you became quite familiar with the police patrols that are all over the places.

    We've been told that this is a mandatory protections measure for tourist visiting the Christian sites located in particular Muslim areas, but there was no problem as the local people seemed to be particularly friendly.

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