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“Amazing tile and art work”

Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
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Private 6-Hour Tour to Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church in Cairo
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Owner description: 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.
Cairo, Egypt
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“Amazing tile and art work”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

This was really hyped by friends who had been there, once I got inside, I understood why. Well worth the detour into the Coptic Area!

Visited February 2012
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“Interesting, small and modern mosaics”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

This church is full of suprises, it is built on the remains of a Roman fort's foundations and thus 'hangs' over them. There is a window in the vestry floor where they perform baptisms that allows you to see down into the foundations. The church is in a complex that includes the remains of the fort and the Coptic useum also very much worth a visit. The church is a working religious house and we had a lovely chat with a woman who was sewing robes for the altar boys.They were also still celebrating the Nativity when we were there with a large manger and wise men scene in the lobby area before you enter the church. It is has a wealth of dark wood and Islamic style tiles. The courtyard entry has a gallery of new very brightly coloured mosaics.

Visited February 2012
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Multan, Pakistan
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“Wonderful religious place”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

The Hanging Church, also called as Muallaq Kanisa, is considered the oldest church in the area of Al-Fustat (Old Cairo or Coptic Cairo).
As soon as we come out of Cairo’s Mar Girgis Metro Station, we find the modern building of Coptic Museum near the ruins of Babylon Fortress just in front with magnificent and imposing building of Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George on our left and the romantic style building of Hanging Church to our right.
Hanging Church, dedicated to Virgin Mary was built on the ruins of two old towers that remained from an old fortress called the Fortress of Babylon. It dates back to the end of the 3rd Century A.D but it has been reconstructed and renovated several times.
This church has played an important role in the history of the Coptic Church because it became the seat of the Patriarchs after transferring it from Alexandria to Al-Fustat. The 66th patriarch Anba Christodolos (1039-1079 A.D) was the first Pope to chant the Holy Liturgy in the church. This was maintained in El-Muallak Church until the 14th Century, when it was transferred to Abu Sefein church.

Visited March 2012
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Cairo, Egypt
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“Nice Trip”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

It is one of the oldest churches in Egypt built on the rest of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress. Once you enter the church you really feel the smell of the holy place. It is full of marvelous Icons on the wall for Saints. They are about 110 wonderful colored icons. You can see the wood Ceiling like Noah's ship, the marble pulpit , the alter,.....etc.

Do not forget to see the rest of wonderful sites around the Hanging church, Amr Ibn El A'ss Mosque, Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, Saint Barbara Church, Ben Ezra Synagogoue, Roman Babilyoun Tower & the Coptic Museum. It is really a very sacred trip in the holy land of Egypt.

Visited March 2012
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“The Hanging Chaurch”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

the oldest church built in Egypt, was called the hanging church because it was built on a tower of a fortress called Babilon Fortress,

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