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Near Samalut is the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Gebel el-Teir, an important Christian pilgrimage site. Samalut's church was built by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in 328CE, on one of the sites where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.
While there are numerous Christians here, the population of Minya Governorate is predominately Muslim.
- "Where is Samalut, Egypt?". WorldAtlas. 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2019-04-12.