A Church Built on a Roman Fortress in Coptic Cairo


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Prosperine on January 5, 2011

Built in 6th Century AD the Hanging Church was named as such since it was built on top of an old Roman Fortress which dates back to 3rd Century AD by the Coptics who fled religious persecution to settle in Egypt where they were allowed to practice their religion in peace.

Highly ornate, the intricacies in the woodwork inlaid with ivory on the interior doors of the church are a marvel to behold. The artifacts in the church are noteworthy as well with icons dating back hundreds of years.

As once of the oldest churches in Egypt and a seat of Christianity, this area is under tight security.
Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, St. Mary's Church)
Shar'a Mari Girgis Street
Cairo, Egypt

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