Tabenna (also Tabennae, Tabennisi; Coptic: ⲧⲁⲃⲉⲛⲛⲏⲥⲓ) is considered the first cenobitic monastery. It was a community founded during the 4th century by Saint Pachomius the Great in the modern hamlet of Al Rahmaneya Qebli (formerly Al Dabbah)[1] near Chenoboskion which is about 5 km east of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt.


  1. ^ Jalal Ahmed Abu Bakr: المتوارث في مصر الفرعونية, Dar Al Maaref, Cairo 2014, ISBN 9770281476, p. 74

Coordinates: 26°3′35″N 32°18′00″E / 26.05972°N 32.30000°E / 26.05972; 32.30000