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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

753 Reviews
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Takarasina wrote a review Nov 2020
238 contributions11 helpful votes
So much written 'bout this church already... We visited it on the peak of the second wave of self-instigated coronavirus frenzy in the West so there were only Coptic believers inside - Orthodox like us. We can't stop admiring their icon painting - so different from ours in Russia - and this place provides you with a broad palette of such art. The gem is St Mary, of course, - La Goiconda of the Orient. Her eyes follow you wherever you stay. Stunning! We were also amazed to see obvious peaceful co-existence of Christian and Muslim decor inside. It was only in the Alhambra in Spain where we observed such rarity. Copts claim, by the way, that the place is so sacred that witnessed several Marian apparitions, though a long time ago. A must. But hurry up - soon the misguided will regain their mind and it will be again packed here!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Wael A wrote a review Oct 2020
Cairo, Egypt261 contributions12 helpful votes
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I was surprised with the place and its architecture and unique details. This is one of the places you must visit and see.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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CPaM68 wrote a review Aug 2020
Texas531 contributions445 helpful votes
Although known as the Hanging Church, the official name is Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church. Founded in the third century, St. Mary’s is the oldest church in Cairo and as the name implies, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The church is built over the ruins of a Roman fortress and inside the church, there is a room that has a section of glass on the floor where you can actually see the old ruins underneath. Some historians believe that these remnants are actually the fallen Tower of Babylon. This is not only a tourist attraction but is still an active church and is the official residence of the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The church is noted for having numerous religious works of art with most dating back to the 18th century. The guide of our tour explained the history and importance of the church and why it's called the "hanging church”. This historic place is fascinating. (PaM)
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Linda Y wrote a review Apr 2020
Frisco, Texas3,706 contributions1,290 helpful votes
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The Hanging Church is a Coptic Christian Church located in Coptic Cairo. The Church is named for the way it was built on top of the Water Gate of Roman Babylon (visible through the floor in the Baptistery). Our group waited for Mass to end before entering. The interior of the church is stunning! The iconostasis is made of ebony with ivory-inlaid screens with intricate geometric shapes and crosses. There are over 100 icons and pieces of artwork on display, including the highly revered ‘Coptic Mona Lisa’ from the 8th century that has been attributed to miracles. There is also a collection of saints’ relics that are prayed over. The marble pulpit dates to the 5th century. A church has been at this location since the 3rd century. Through the centuries, the Hanging Church has been rebuilt and restored, most recently in 2011.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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KGB777 wrote a review Apr 2020
Singapore, Singapore41,537 contributions2,570 helpful votes
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This ancient Coptic church was very crowded when I visited in Nov 2019. That said, it was still well worth the effort of visiting. Very beautiful interior.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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