Friday, August 19, 2016

“Deir el-Surian, crossroads of Coptic and Syriac culture.”

Department of Art and Archaeology
SOAS-University of London

Research Seminars in the Art and Archaeology of Africa and the Americas
Convenor: Dr Tania Tribe (

Dr Karel Innemée (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Dobrochna Zielińska (University of Warsaw)

 “Deir el-Surian, crossroads of Coptic and Syriac culture.
The Monastery of the Holy Virgin of Bishoi (Wadi Natrun, Egypt) was founded in the 6th century, but since Syrian monks joined the Coptic community around 800AD it was better known as Deir al-Surian, the Syrian monastery. For centuries monks of the two denominations lived together, creating an environment where material and immaterial heritage of the Coptic and Syriac Orthodox Churches were brought together, resulting in a unique library and a church with extraordinary wall paintings. Most of these paintings vanished out of sight when they were covered by plaster in the 18 th century. Since 1996 these paintings are gradually uncovered and give us an impression of the Syrian influence on Egyptian Christianity. In this lecture special attention will be given to the most recent discoveries of the past two years.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016
5-7 pm
Room L 67

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