Coptic Egypt: The Christians of the Nile

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Egypt has been home since the time of Christ to an ancient sect of Christians called the Copts. According to legend, Mark the Evangelist founded their first church in Alexandria in the 1st century ad, when Egypt was under Roman rule and practised polytheistic religions. Though Egypt long ago became a Muslim nation, the Copts maintained their traditions and practised their rites at monasteries and villages throughout the Nile Valley, the river delta and the Mediterranean coast, and still do today. Beautiful antique textiles, ...

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