December 19th, 2003 – by: genkeeper
Desert by the Red Sea.
Dr. Swanson took my Cultural Geography class to St. Anthony's Monastery and St. Paul's Monastery. Both are on the coast of the Red Sea and are impossible to get to, unless you are the awesome Dr. Swanson and then nothing, not even mountains or a serious lack of roads, will stop you and your determined class. St. Anthony's Monastery (the oldest monastery in the world), is closed to the public and VERY closed to women. But, we were student's of Dr. Swanson, and Dr. Swanson was friends with the head monk. So a little hoard of women got IN to the monastery, and drooled over all the pristine paintings. The horror! St. Anthony's Monastery has the best preserved ancient Christian art in the world. It looks like it was painted yesterday, the colors are so vibrant. The government spent 3 million dollars to clean them. Luckily, since we were all with Dr. Swanson, we got to snap a few photos. Just another place I can add to my list of hush-hush photos I took. Next up was St. Paul's Monastery. Apparently, St. Anthony and St. Paul were friends way back in the day. This monastery was much plainer than St. Anthony's Monastery.