Minnesota in Egypt

Red Monastery: Modern Entry

back to site map, church exterior, north doorway or forward to church interior
As in the White Monastery, the Red Monastery church has been divided so that the original trefoil sanctuary together with a setion cut from the original nave and aisles now form the church, while the one time nave is an open air gathering place (below left).
At right is the western wall of the truncated church with the inset doorway.
(Note the column of the erstwhile nave colonnade standing left of the foorway.)
The modern doorway is set into a deep niche and framed in a shallow offset. Several pieces of carving from the original construction have been incorporated.
At the left we see the pilasters and angled pediment of a niche, similar to original niches in the interior: the red and white cross now in the niche is modern. Above the niche is a scroll ornament. In the pediment is a cross in a circle. Four more crosses of three different types flank the sides of the niche.
Two reused pieces appear on either side of the shallow frame: to the right a cross in a medallion, and to the left an interwoven, perhaps vegetal fragment.
Above the niche is a scroll ornament. In the pediment is a cross in a circle. Four more crosses of three different types flank the sides of the niche.