Coptic Cairo

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Coptic Cairo
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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.
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Chelsea
150 contributions
Couples
This place was not on our original itinerary, but was
Recommended by our tour guide and we’re so happy we went. There was no charge to get in, but I’d definitely recommend a guide because if not you could get easily lost and miss something. Here you can see the oldest church, the hanging church and a synagogue.
Written May 26, 2021
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Grumo
New York City, NY819 contributions
Friends
We had a great visit to the churches in Coptic Cairo as part of our Egypt tour with Overseas Adventure Travel.

It was incredible to see in the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church the cave where the Holy Family stayed for three months during the Flight to Egypt. The church, built in the 4th century when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, is beautiful with stunning icons. There is a lovely latticework through which you can enter the congregation.

The Hanging Church is so named as it was built over a Roman fortress, which you can see as you approach the church. If I understand it correctly the Hanging Church is the seat of the Coptic Papacy,

Churches have the same design as temples form of temples with the “holy of holies”/altar only available to the priest. The altar is in a private room that is closed off and in front of the congregation. The priest’s words are broadcast to the congregation.

Our guide being Copt provided special insight into the history and liturgy of the Copt faith and these specific churches.

What is especially poignant are the parallels between the ancient Egyptian religion and Christianity. All we learned during visits to the ancient Egyptian temples, tombs and pyramids about rebirth, virgin birth, rebirth from an enclosed stone tomb, three gods; father, son and spirit; son of god in form of a man made the adoption of Christianity by Egyptians relatively easy.

I had always thought that Christianity’s roots were in the Old Testament with the foretelling of Christ in the book is Isaiah. Now I see the deep roots and influence of the Ancient Egyptian religion on Christianity.

If you have any interest in the history of Christianity, Coptic Cairo is a must see,

An extra treat was walking by the Ben Ezra Synagogue at the site where baby Moses was retrieved from the Nile.

Our appreciation for Copt Cairo was enhanced greatly by the explanations by our excellent guide Osama Petro. I strongly urge visitors to do research in the Copt faith and/or go with a guide.

Coptic Cairo is a good respite from the activity and intensity of Cairo.
Written May 29, 2022
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Paul S
Redcliffe, Australia62 contributions
Taxi driver took us to this historical area of Cairo from downtown for a few $, and it was a very interesting visit. This is the old Christian area of Cairo, with a number of historically significant churches. There is the Greek orthodox church of St George, the Hanging Church, the Coptic Museum and a number of other interesting buildings. On the way out of the area there are tourist markets with the usual high-pressure hawkers.
Written March 24, 2020
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982pradipb
Navi Mumbai, India409 contributions
It is a lovely area of the Cairo City where the Coptic Christians live for thousands of years. It houses churches where Jesus Christ along with his mother stayed for sometime. The area oozes history . The area has narrow alleys with book and souvenir shops for visitors .
Written February 23, 2022
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ChineseForFamilies
Philadelphia, PA61 contributions
The very best part of the tour is the Museum of Christianity. The mosaics and murals are drawn from churches throughout Egypt and the building itself is a work of art. Don't miss this museum as you visit the Coptic churches of Cairo. Our guide Marwa is exceptional and highly highly recommended. We traveled with her December 2019.
Written February 3, 2021
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Journey790702
Richmond, TX108 contributions
Couples
The Coptic church is absolutely beautiful. It was created out of the mountain literally moved by God in 725 a.d. to this location. There was a church service going on when we got there. Our driver Ahmed was punctual and started our day off with a delicious Egyptian breakfast and helped my husband obtain cigarettes.

Our guide Ehab was punctual and knowledgeable as always. We have been blessed to get him and Ahmed on most of our tours. WAHOO!!!! Ask for these two awesome people if you want to have a wonderful and informative vacation tour (Sherif Hasheem tours)
Written April 5, 2021
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PavelKram
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
Family
Hanging church, Babylon fortress and Mar Girgius church are places worth to visit. Synagogue Ben Ezra is closed due to reconstruction. Our guide Mahmoud +20 122 8232071 provided us with many interesting background details about Coptic and Christian.
Written February 8, 2022
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KhrizJustTravels
Orlando, FL382 contributions
Friends
Cool sites with lots of history to check out. It can get very crowded and you can't take any pictures or video inside the hanging church. You can also find the spot where is claimed the holy family visited back in the day.
Written January 12, 2020
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Nick P
Staten Island, NY306 contributions
I went into this experience skeptical because I am not very religious anymore. But with the help of our guide I was able to understand a lot more about the significance of the neighborhood. You need a good guide (not guidebook) to advise what you need to understand. Truly loved walking the alleyways seeing the street book vendors. They led to the Hanging Church and the Cavern Church, which are brilliant. Look inside, sit and meditate. Ben Ezra synagogue was closed for renovations when we were there and our guide did not bring us to other churches, though I wish we had time.I was inspired.
Written January 31, 2022
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Solo
This is a lovely part of Cairo. Like a different world away from the chaotic roads nearby! I would say to take a guide as you will miss a lot of the history and important attractions which are 'dotted' around. A good idea is to do a half day guided tour. Very interesting and we learnt a lot.
Written March 29, 2022
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