coptic museum

Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo, encompassing the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George, and other Coptic churches & historical sites. It’s believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga). Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt until the Islamic era, though most of the current Coptic churches were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century.


Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church aka the Hanging Church, Egypt, Africa

This is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century AD.  It was probably built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690–92), though an earlier church building may have elsewhere existed dating as early as the 3rd or 4th century. However, the earliest mention of the church was a statement in the biography of the patriarch Joseph I (831–49), when the governor of Egypt visited the establishment. The church was largely rebuilt by the Pope Abraham (975–78) and has seen many other restorations including an extensive repair and restoration of the church and its surroundings completed in 2011. Objects of historical interest that were no longer of service went to the Coptic Museum.