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

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

Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
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This church, originally built in the ancient fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo around 4th century AD, derives its name from its location suspended above two Roman gate towers.
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Christian Churches in Coptic Cairo
    It is a small Christian Church located at the Coptic Cairo. At the center of this church is a red banner with the picture of Mary. Behind it is an altar with the Holy Eucharist. There was line going to the Crypt, did not visit this part due to time constraints.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting church in Cairo
    My wife and I visited this church during our tour of Cairo this past December. It was raining that day, which was one of the few days each year that it rains in Cairo. The legend of the church is that Joseph and Mary lived in a cave in what is now the lower part of the church while they were hiding out in Egypt. It was very interesting to visit this church.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Coptic side of Cairo
    Egypt is not only a Muslim country. There's also a well-nourished Coptic community, and this interesting church, named "Hanging" after its location above a gatehouse of the Roman fortress known as "Babylon Fortress", is one of their most important worship places. A legend tells that Joseph and Mary, with Baby Jesus, hid there when they escaped from Palestine.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Daisy Z
    Corona, California187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Oldest church in Egypt so definitely worth it
    Not exactly "hanging" for me because it was actually built on a top of an old Babylonian fortress. But considering this is the oldest church in Egypt today its totally worth a visit. They kept some very old books inside and you could practically smell the whole collection. Do keep in mind that this place was quite difficult to find so I think its better to join a tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Ivan Kinsmam
    Kielce, Poland1,065 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful small Coptic chuch in the middle of Cairo
    A beautiful small coptic church that sits about 6 m above the ground. The Coptics represent about 15% of the population and are more in the south where their religious practices are stricter. The church has some exquisite relics and the pews are original, with carved fishes and grape bunches. Very close to the Christian cemetry and Jewish synagogue. A real gem.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 24, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relics
    Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt dating from the 3rd century AD though extensively modified in the 13th and 18th centuries. Originally built on the walls of a Roman fortress the ground land has risen so it no longer appears as high as it once was. As you approach you will see some very pretty modern mosaics on the walls. It is very ornate inside with a wooden barrel roof supported by columns and small stained glass windows. It displays many important icons and relics mostly on the left hand side. It was a bit crowded on the Saturday morning we visited on our tour of Coptic Cairo.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special place
    The Hanging Church is located in Cairo's Coptic Area. The church took its name from the place where it is built, namely on the tower of the entrance gate to the Roman fortress of Babylon. From ancient Roman times until now, the ground has risen by almost six meters, which makes the visual impact of the place where the church is built to be greatly reduced – in fact, as an unsuspecting visitor you do not even realize why it is called hanging. I was particularly impressed by the churchyard, which is an oasis of peace and beauty.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2024
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,739 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Located in Coptic Old Cairo, Hanging Church, named because it was built above a Roman fortress, and it’s nave is suspended over a passageway. The Churchof St. Sergiusis where, according to the Bible, Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus stayed three months after their escape to Egypt from King Herod’s wrath. You go downstairs to the basement where you’ll see where they stayed. The church is beautiful and very different than a lot of others in Egypt. I highly recommend it. It’s not a huge church but plenty to see and you can use your camera without paying (which seems to be the common thing here in Egypt). Just a way to make more money I guess. But do come here and take a look at this magnificent church.
Written February 27, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
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Jan 2020
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.
Written April 24, 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,071 contributions
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Jan 2020
The famous hanging church dedicated to St Mary is a must see within Coptic Cairo. Our guide informed us that the ceiling was built to resemble the internal timber work of Noah's ark. During our visit, the church was hosting a visit by Coptic Christian school children who were being taught their history. This tuned out to be both interesting to watch and to see how the children listened to all that was said. The children were also interested in the tourists visiting at the same time especially us from Australia. A gem.
Written February 16, 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hanging Church of Cairo also known as Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church builted in 690 AD. It’s also Egypt’s most famous Basilica style churches. The church was originally built over the Roman gate towers and was substantially rebuilt during the 9th century. Very nicely decorated inside. The Hanging Church has 110 icons, the oldest of which dates back to the 8th century,Some of the most prominent icons feature Jesus; the Virgin Mary; Archangel Gabriel; Archangel Michael; St. Peter; St. Paul and St. John the Baptist. In addition to these icons, one can also see several that feature various types of Coptic Crosses.
Written March 25, 2020
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Severn
World2,200 contributions
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Dec 2020
An ancient Coptic church built on the bastion and the Water Gate of a Roman fort. The building in its current form has been known approximately since the 7th century, the history dates back to the 4th century. It was rebuilt several times, recently restoration was carried out. Inside there is a carved wood and ivory iconostasis, a marble pulpit, old icons. Nice, quiet, peaceful.

Древняя коптская церковь, построенная на бастионе и Водных воротах римского форта. Здание в нынешнем виде известно ориентировочно с 7 века, история восходит к 4 веку. Неоднократно перестраивалась, недавно была проведена реставрация. Внутри находится резной иконостас из дерева и слоновой кости, мраморная кафедра, старые иконы. Красиво, тихо, умиротворенно.
Written December 22, 2020
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Kadu Carrasco
Sao Paulo, SP623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We visited the church during mass. It was interesting. When we entered, the priest spoke to the congregation. There was too much incense of a very good smell. All women wore a veil.
We stayed there for a few minutes, even without understanding the language. As soon as we were leaving, a chorus singing began. It's worth visiting. And I believe that we were lucky to visit it at this time specifically. The church itself is small and there is not much to be seen.
Written December 29, 2020
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Chelsea
165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This church was really neat to see. When you walk in there is a section in the ground showing you how high up the church was built to get its name. There were also a ton of beautiful decor on the doors, using ebony and ivory. The church was free to get into.
Written May 26, 2021
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goodguyjas
London, UK1,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Fascinating small church that is part of a series of religious sites that are dotted over this area. Mainly mosques but here you have in an area that has a church and a synagogue. The closed off street is welcome peace from the beeping horns of cars too. This little church is quite a treasure and the dark wood and the exposed period brick look beautiful. The perspex floor slots allow you to see the church without its foundations and also remains of original supports. The courtyard with the wall paintings and shrubs make for a picturesque entrance leading up to the grand staircase. Obviously when busy it gets a bit cramped visiting but still very worthwhile while to make the effort.
Written December 3, 2022
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Hanging Church is build over two gate towers from a Roman fortress. It is more straddling than hanging actually. Once inside, very reminiscent of Byzantine orthodox churches elsewhere with the dark interior, woodwork and icons. Highlight of any itinerary of Cairo.
Written November 18, 2021
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt dating from the 3rd century AD though extensively modified in the 13th and 18th centuries. Originally built on the walls of a Roman fortress the ground land has risen so it no longer appears as high as it once was. As you approach you will see some very pretty modern mosaics on the walls. It is very ornate inside with a wooden barrel roof supported by columns and small stained glass windows. It displays many important icons and relics mostly on the left hand side. It was a bit crowded on the Saturday morning we visited on our tour of Coptic Cairo.
Written April 24, 2024
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