Monasteries' of St. Anthony & St. Paul - Women aren't allowed. Then how did we get in?

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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.
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Desert by the Red Sea.
Desert by the Red Sea.
Desert by the Red Sea.
Desert by the Red Sea.
Desert by the Red Sea. Its very m…
Desert by the Red Sea. It's very …
The roads just stretch on endlessl…
The roads just stretch on endless…
St. Anthonys Monastery is built i…
St. Anthony's Monastery is built …
St. Anthonys Monastery.
St. Anthony's Monastery.
St. Anthonys Monastery.  In we go.
St. Anthony's Monastery. In we go.
Dr. Swanson, my Cultural Geography…
Dr. Swanson, my Cultural Geograph…
Oldest part of the monastery.
Oldest part of the monastery.
Ancient grinder for making bread, …
Ancient grinder for making bread,…
The monk lecturing.
The monk lecturing.
See that weir dome shaped building…
See that weir dome shaped buildin…
This is inside the weird dome shap…
This is inside the weird dome sha…
They get their water from an under…
They get their water from an unde…
A super old book.  I was kind of s…
A super old book. I was kind of …
Inside the part of the monastery w…
Inside the part of the monastery …
Oouuh, a hidden box.
Oouuh, a hidden box.
St. Pauls monastery. Its nearby …
St. Paul's monastery. It's nearby…
St. Pauls monastery.
St. Paul's monastery.
Where the monks sleep.
Where the monks sleep.
Red Sea
photo by: johnyb66