Nine icons and three rare manuscripts are displayed for the first time on the occasion of the launch of the activities of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum, in Sharm El-Sheikh, in South Sinai, from 10th January to 13th January, coinciding with the celebration of Christmas, where the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is holding a temporary archaeological exhibition at the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum. Under the title “The Journey of the Holy Family” on Tuesday, 11th January, for six months.
Mr. Moamen Othman, Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the exhibition, which was held in cooperation with the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Coptic Church, includes 3 manuscripts from the Coptic Museum of Ancient Egypt, and 9 rare icons that are displayed for the first time which were chosen from a number of Egyptian churches, which are the churches of (Abu Sarga Church, Al-Muallaqa Church, Martyr Mercurius Abu Sefein Church, Al-Damshiria Church, Saint Mina Church, and Archangel Michael Church), pointing out that these icons and manuscripts highlight the path of the Holy Family, including the land of Sinai.
Also, he added that throughout the duration of the exhibition, the museum will organize a number of scientific and educational lectures on the history of Coptic art, in addition to workshops to learn how to make icons. He assured that at the end of the exhibition, the entry of the Holy Family into Egypt will be celebrated, which will be 1st June.
Myriam Edward, General Supervisor of Sharm El-Sheikh Museum, indicated that the exhibition will be held in the Byzantine corner of the museum, and that the displayed icons date back to the 18th and 19th centuries AD.