The American Research Center in Eygpt

The Cave Church of Paul the Hermit

The Cave Church of Paul the Hermit

The Cave Church of Paul the Hermit

William Lyster, with photographs by Patrick Godeau
1999. The American Research Center in Egypt
96 pp. 131 color photographs + line drawings, maps, and plan

All proceeds on the sale of the guidebook are donated to the monastery.

Distributed by Yale University

In 1997-98, ARCE undertook the first stage of ongoing conservation work at the ancient Monastery of St. Paul though funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development. This illustrated guidebook situates the monastery in its religious context and includes discussions of the Life of St. Paul, the monastery's history, its three churches, its library, and present-day monastic liturgical practice.


  • Patrick Godeau has worked extensively in the Middle East, specializing in fine art and architectural photography.
  • William Lyster is an independent scholar, based in Cairo, specializing in Coptic and Islamic art and architecture. 

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