Hanging Church Coptic Cairo

History of the hanging church and when it was built?

The most famous site in Coptic Cairo is the Church of the Virgin Mary,

better known by its nickname, the Hanging Church. This name comes from

the fact that it was built atop the walls of the 4th century BC Roman fortress.

of Babylon, the remains of which are still visible in Coptic Cairo

Although the effect is significantly diminished today by the fact that the ground

level has risen over 30 feet over the centuries due to the accumulation of trash.

and dust, originally this church towered above its surroundings on the high walls of the fortress.

Hanging Church Coptic Cairo

The church dates from the 9th century, but the site is thought to have first

been occupied by the church as early as the 3rd century AD, making it one oldest

Christian religious site in Egypt.  also considered to be the most beautiful.

of the old churches in the area, although a 19th-century portico built onto the

front of the church obscures some of this beauty. Inside the portico through

the 13th-century facade of the church is still visible.

the ornate interior covered in bone and ivory inlaid designs that seem influenced

by the geometric and organic forms that characterize Islamic art.

Hanging Church Coptic Cairo

Coptic Cairo a unique area with Old Cairo that has a concentration of

Christian churches and other sites date from the centuries between the

decline of the pharaonic religion and the arrival of Islam when Egypt had.

a Christian majority. Coptic Cairo largely built around the fort of Babylon on the remains of its walls.

The Coptic Museum, which holds the largest collection of Coptic Christian

artwork and artifacts in the world. Founded in 1910, the museum records.

Coptic history from the arrival of Christianity in Egypt up through the Ottoman era,

displaying a mixture of artwork influenced by Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman traditions.

Hanging Church Coptic Cairo

also six churches here that date back to the early Christian Era. The Hanging Church,

or the Church of the Virgin Mary, built in the 9th century to ‘hang’ high up on

the walls of Babylon. The effect of this ‘hanging’  now diminished significantly

as ground levels have raised around the walls. Deeper into Coptic Cairo there.

several other older churches, including the Church of St. Sergius, which

dates from the 5th century and supposedly built upon the site of

a crypt the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) to shelter during.

their time in Egypt. Even further back Ben Ezra Synagogue.

the oldest synagogue in Cairo, founded in the 9th century on what

claimed to either the site of the Temple of Jeremiah or the site

the pharaoh’s daughter found Moses among the reeds.


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