Oldest Church altar which was consecrated by Christ himself
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Yes , as the prophecy which was fulfilled here from
“In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of Host in the land of Egypt”
Deir al-Muharraq (Burnt Monastery), an hour’s drive northwest of Assyut About 50 minutes’ drive from Assyut towards Minya, is a place of pilgrimage, refuge and vows, where the strength of Coptic traditions can be experienced.
This is the place that according to tradition, the Holy Family stayed six months and five days, and where Jesus, after the Resurrection, came back to consecrate the altar referred to in Isaiah 19:19 as “an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt.”
The holiest place in the monastery is the Church of the Holy Virgin which is believed to be founded in the first century A.D., and thus is the first church in the world. “Dair El-Muharraq,” is dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary, and the altar stone shown here was the bed, upon which the Infant Savior lay .
The Holy Family had crossed over to Upper Egypt and had hidden there for almost six months. Al-Muharraq Monastery is located, literally, in the midst of the land of Egypt standing at its exact geographical center also
I made my personal visitation on 8th of November 2015 .