Young Explorers' Club About What's on? Digital Resources Red Monastery, Sohag According to ARCE, who conducted a conservation project on the Red Monstery from 2005 to 2019, ‘The church of Saints Bishai and Bigol, the "Red Monastery," was the heart of a large monastic community, in a region known as an important center for the ascetic life in the 5th century, C.E. It is an astonishingly rare example of the coloristic intensity of late antique monuments in Egypt. In this church, late antique paintings cover about eighty percent of the walls, niches, columns, pilasters, pediments and apses. The building’s elaborate figural and ornamental paintings, combined with extensive sculpture and monumental architecture, make it the most important historical church in Egypt.’ (Read more about the ARCE project here).