Coptic museum to organize exhibition on ‘Journey of the Holy Family’

Egypt’s Coptic Museum will organize the exhibition “Journey of the Holy Family ” on June 2 on the occasion of the anniversary of the journey. The exhibition recounts the story of an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream telling him to flee to Egypt with Mary and the infant Jesus.

Head of the museums sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Elham Salah explained that the exhibition would gather a collection of antiquities for the creation of a stereoscopic model of the journey’s route and would present various activities.

General Director of the Coptic Museum Jihan Atef said that the exhibition would display the painter Bishoy Refaat’s paintings of the journey and would include musical performances acted by the Hanging Church scout team.

Atef said that the museum’s educational department would offer a technical workshop, guided tours and an educational lecture on the journey to the visitors.

The arrival of Jesus Christ and the Holy Family is an important event that took place in Egypt. The story starts with a group of wise men declaring Jesus to be the next king of the Jews, which was why, so the story goes, King Herod (Ruler of Judea at the time) felt threatened and decided to kill him.

The Holy Family left Bethlehem to travel to Egypt after an angel warned Joseph to leave with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. They started their journey through northern Sinai until reaching Farama. The places they stayed have now been transformed into churches and monasteries.


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