Published: Philoxenite, the forgotten dream of pilgrims

Not far from Egypt’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Mena are the remains of an old pilgrimage harbour that -in its heyday- received scores of pilgrims on their way to the sanctuary of Saint Menas (the Wonder-Worker). Philoxenite is the name of the harbour. It dates back to the times of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius, whose prefect, Philoxenos, founded the city-harbour in the late fifth century on Lake Mareotis.

Here is my full article, published today by Ahram Online:

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