at Wadi El Natroun

Their trail from Sakha, is recorded in the documentation of Pope Theophilus’s vision, and attested to by Coptic practice in the Christian era. For it was to Wadi El-Natroun (Natroun Valley) that they now came, after crossing the Rosetta branch of the Nile to the western Delta, and heading south into Wadi el-Natroun (then called Al Asqeet) in the Western Desert of Egypt. In the earliest decades of Christianity, the desert expanses of Wadi el-Natroun became the site of anchoretic settlement and, later, of many monasteries, in spiritual commemoration of the Holy Family’s passage through the Valley.