About 2 hours from Hurghada is Zaafarana, where you’ll find the remote monasteries of St. Anthony and St Paul. Founded in 356 AD, St. Anthony’s Monastery is the oldest inhabited Christian monastery in the world and is home to paintings dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries, as well as 1,700 ancient documents.
St. Paul’s Monastery was also established in the 4th century and is built into the Red Sea Mountains. Both monasteries are open to the public to visit.
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