The Virgin Mary in Dronka

Tuesday 1 Aug 2023

This week the largest statue of the Holy Mother to date to grace the Virgin Mary Monastery in Dronka, near Assiut, was installed atop a 15 metre-high pedestal there.

The largest statue of the Holy Mother


Standing nine metres tall, the bronze statue is the work of Gerges Al-Gawly and was transported in 20 pieces and reassmbled on site. Its installation marks the start on 7 August of the two-week Coptic Orthodox Fast of the Virgin.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 3 August, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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