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Egyptians are a deeply religious people.
The Coptic spirituality, the monastic tradition which helped the country retain its unique Egyptian cultural identity throughout Roman dominion, is central to the country’s history.
The photographs below, taken at various monasteries and churches throughout Upper Egypt, help illuminate the importance of Egypt to Christianity. Egypt has been called “the Second Jerusalem” because of its significance as the dwelling place of Christ and the Holy Family for three years.