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[[Image:Stminamonas1.jpg|thumb|Today, thousands of pilgrims continue to flock from all over the world to receive spiritual and physical healing at the revived monastery, which has once again become "Lourdes of the East".]]
The late [[Cyril VI (Atta) of Alexandria|Pope Kyrillos VI]] established this [[Church of Alexandria (Coptic)|Coptic Orthodox]] monastery in 1959 in commemoration of [[Menas|Saint Mina (Menas)]], his [[patron saint]], in an isolated desert area very close to the archaeological site and historical city of Abu Mena in Mariut, near Alexandria, Egypt.
Abu Mena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was once an important Christian [[pilgrimage]] site during the 4th to 7th cent. A.D. Numerous little clay bottles (ampullae), on which Saint Mina's name and picture are engraved, were discovered by archeologists in diverse countries around the world, such as Heidelberg, Germany; Milan, Italy; Dalmatia, Croatia; Marseille, France; Dengla, Sudan; and Jerusalem. These pottery ampullae (small holy water and oil flasks brought from pilgrimage places as a souvenir, and mass-produced in Early Byzantine times) come from Abu Mena, near Alexandria in Egypt.
Countless miracles have happened and continue to happen until this day there through the intercessions of Saint Mina the Martyr, Pope Kyrillos VI and the late Abba [[Mina (Rizk) AvaMina|Mina Ava-Mina]] (late [[abbot]] of the new monastery), whose [[relics]] (all three) are preserved in the monastery.
==External links==
* [http://www.stmina-monastery.org St. Mina Monastery in Mariut on the Web (English site)]
* [http://www.stmina.info St. Mina Monastery in Mariut on the Web (Arabic site)]
[[Category:Coptic Monasteries]]
[[Category:Oriental Orthodox]]

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