This work is a stunning visual tour of Egypt's churches. With over 300 full-color photographs, this is the first fully illustrated book devoted to Christian houses of worship in Egypt. The text incorporates the latest research to complement the broad geographic scope covering nearly all significant Coptic sites throughout the country, from the ancient Coptic churches in Old Cairo to the churches in the monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun, the Red Sea, and Upper Egypt. Churches associated with the Holy Family's sojourn in Egypt, including Gabal al-Tayr and Dayr al-Muharraq, enrich the volume. Many modern churches housing contemporary Coptic art that have not been dealt with in other publications are featured here - especially the Cathedral of St. Mark and his shrine at Anba Ruweis in Cairo. Churches of all other Christian denominations in Egypt are also described and beautifully illustrated here. A number of famous Greek Orthodox churches are included, as well as two Evangelical Coptic churches.
Catholic, Armenian, and Anglican churches designed and decorated by European architects and painters in the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century are given their due: they represent little known treasures of Christian art and architecture. Introductory chapters on the history of Christianity in Egypt, the architecture of the Coptic Church, and Coptic wall paintings help readers to appreciate fully the great cultural, artistic, and architectural heritage of Egypt's Christians.
Gawdat Gabra, a former director of the Coptic Museum, is the author or editor of numerous books on Egyptian Christianity, including The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press, 2006). Gertrud J.M. van Loon specializes in Coptic art and archaeology. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, where she is currently working as a researcher. Sherif Sonbol is a highly regarded Egyptian photographer. He has contributed photographs to numerous illustrated books, including Egyptian Palaces and Villas, 1808-1960 (AUC Press, 2006).