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    The Hanging Church

    by June.b Written Jun 25, 2011

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    Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, that is the official name of the Hanging Church, so called because of it's location. When you enter the gate, you will notice that the church's entrance is elevated, taking the staircase to get to the church.

    The small courtyard right infront of the stairs leading to the church is quaint and the inner walls have some sort of biblical scene or saints made of ceramic tiles. Inside the first entrance (not the gate) to the church is a fountain, reminded me of local houses in Damascus, and the second entrance is the inside of the church itself. There's some kind of a beauty about this church, there are so many interesting items inside the church like icons some of which dates back to 8th century, and many glass-encased personal belongings of saints (or past coptic popes?). The staff around the church are mostly youths (maybe volunteers?) who are very welcoming. The Hanging Church is the official residence and of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria after the Arab invasion starting in the year 1047.

    Located in an area called Coptic Cairo (or christian Cairo), it is easy to visit the church using the public transport - Metro Line 1. And as I was staying near Tahrir Square, I took the Metro from Sadat Station - few steps - and got off the metro on the 4th stop called Mar Girgis station, and the church is right there on your right side once you step out of the metro station.

    You can visit this church from 9am to 4pm, not during mass though, unless you're attending the mass.

    Entry is Free... but you can leave a donation in any amount if so you desire right before you exit.

    entrance gate to the Hanging Church the courtyard after the main gate. Photos of past Coptic Popes on the wall
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    5.Visit the Virgin's Tree at...

    by yakmyl Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    5.Visit the Virgin's Tree at Zeitoun. According to a tradition, this is the tree where the Virgin rested with the Child Jesus when they came to Egypt.

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    7.Visit the Greek Orthodox...

    by yakmyl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    7.Visit the Greek Orthodox church of Mari Girgis (St. George). Built on the ruins of an ancient church, it has a unique circular hall dating to the 13th century AD. Correction: The adjacent monastery of St George belongs to the Patriarchate of Alexandria, but is not the seat of the Patriarch of Alexandria. His seat is at Alexandria.

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    Old Cairo , its all about history

    by ifam Written May 8, 2006

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    This old cairo is an area where you can visit some old churches and old christian settlement thousands of years ago and here is where history witness some wars. Its all about history....

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