Coptic Cairo - Abu Serga-St. Sergius Church, Cairo

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    Where the Holy Family Stayed in Egypt (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2013

    part two of my tips with pictures inside as I used my Iphone with no flash to take a picture inside secretly as no photos are allowed inside.

    For the Christian Pilgrims like us who are on a holyland pilgrimage and egpyt being the last stop of the journey, the main consideration in going to Coptic Cairo is to Visit the Famed Site where the Holy Family Stayed in egypt to escape the Holy Innocents Massacre of Herod in Bethlehem. The Ancient Crypt is located in the Church of Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church (also known as Abu Serga), two roman soldier martys who were killed by emperor Maximinian in Egpyt. It was only in the 4th Century that a Church was built on the site by the Coptic Christians and it became the main church where the Copts would Enthrone their Pope throught the centuries until the 10th Century, when the Enthronement was shifted to the Hanging Church Nearby.. The Church is located in the basment of a building complex in Coptic Cairo and the Crypt lies in a separate part of the Church. The Entrance to the Crypt can be open to the Public but entry inside is forbidden.

    Opens from 9AM - 4:30PM Everyday, admission is free.

    flip flops and shorts and tank tops are not allowed entry in the church.

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    Where the Holy Family Stayed in Egypt

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2013

    For the Christian Pilgrims like us who are on a holyland pilgrimage and egpyt being the last stop of the journey, the main consideration in going to Coptic Cairo is to Visit the Famed Site where the Holy Family Stayed in egypt to escape the Holy Innocents Massacre of Herod in Bethlehem. The Ancient Crypt is located in the Church of Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church (also known as Abu Serga), two roman soldier martys who were killed by emperor Maximinian in Egpyt. It was only in the 4th Century that a Church was built on the site by the Coptic Christians and it became the main church where the Copts would Enthrone their Pope throught the centuries until the 10th Century, when the Enthronement was shifted to the Hanging Church Nearby.. The Church is located in the basment of a building complex in Coptic Cairo and the Crypt lies in a separate part of the Church. The Entrance to the Crypt can be open to the Public but entry inside is forbidden.

    Opens from 9AM - 4:30PM Everyday, admission is free.

    flip flops and shorts and tank tops are not allowed entry in the church.

    entrance marker photos not allowed inside ok street where the church is located
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    A nice cripta

    by xaver Written Jan 5, 2013

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    This is the main greek orthodox church in Egypt. This is also the only round church in Egypt and this was not to imitate the church of the holy sepulchre in Jerusalem, but just for a practical reason, infact the saint george is at the top of a hill.
    The church was built in 10th century but a fire destroyed the original one, it was rebuilt in 1904.
    It is opened from 8.30 am to 4 pm.

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    Abu Serga Church

    by vesna04 Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Saints Sergius and Bacchus also known as Abu Serga Church is the oldest in Cairo. It is also the most holly place as it has been risen on the spot where Holly Family had lived when arrived in Egypt after escaping from Israel. The Church dates from 4th or 5th century and is erected in the middle of Roman Fortress of Babylon.
    The interior of the Church is amazing. The visitor can admire the rich decoration, the frescos (most of them date from 15th c.) and are able to visit the crypt where Holly Family had lived. The crypt is 10 meters deep and is often flooded when Nile levels are high.

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    Church of Abu Sarga (St Sergius & Bacchus)

    by MM212 Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    Cairo's oldest, the Church of Abu Serga was first built in the 4th century AD on the spot where the Holy Family is thought to have rested during their journey in Egypt. Following damage in the 8th century, the church was rebuilt, and was subsequently restored several times over time. It is located in Coptic Cairo, among several other churches in this Christian stronghold and is typical of Coptic church architecture with some motifs that could be mistaken for a mosque. The columns of the church may have been borrowed from earlier Roman buildings.

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    Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Abu Serga)

    by Blatherwick Updated May 31, 2006

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    Although there are more impressive religious places in the world this one is steeped with significance. It is said that this is where Joseph, Mary, and a baby Jesus are said to have stopped while coming to Egypt.

    This is one of the oldest churches in Cairo having been built in the 4th century and is named after Sergius and Bacchus, officers of the Roman Army in Syria, they were tortured to death around 303 AD under Roman Emperor Maximian for their refusal to worship Roman gods.

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    Abu Serga (St. Sergius) Church

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    Abu Serga Church is build on a cave in which the Holy Family is believed to have stayed when they came to Egypt.

    The Church of St. Sergius is dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus, two soldier-saints martyred during the 4th Century in Syria.

    Dating back to the beginning of the 5th Century and the roof is built in Noe's Arc style as a symbol to the fact that in God's house we are saved as the ones saved by the arc.

    The church's main attraction is the crypt containing the remains of the original church where tradition says the Holy Family stayed.

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    Abu Serga - Coptic Cairo

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 21, 2005

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    The Church of Abu Serga is an interesting church located "underground". It's also called the Church of Saint Sergius and Bacchus, two martyrs.

    This church is the oldest in Cairo: it was built in the 4th century. However its importance does not come its old age: it's due to the fact that it's supposed to have been built on the precise place where the Holy Family stopped to rest at the end of their flight to Egypt.

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    Abu Serga Church (Coptic Cairo)

    by ATXtraveler Written May 21, 2004

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    On our second day of the tour, we went into Coptic portion of Cairo. As the tour guide presented this to us, we were informed that this was the area of Cairo that the Holy family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) actually stayed in during their travels. They were hidden in Abu Serga's basement (at that time, the Pharaohs would not have accepted the Holy Family). This is a very historical church, and well worth the visit. It is free to enter, although a donation is worth it to be able to preserve this piece of history. You will be intrigued by the basement worship area that is currently underwater, and the detail in the woodworking in the church. There is no doubt the coptics were great carpenters!

    I would have added a picture other than the sign at the entrance, but out of respect for the Church, there are no pictures allowed inside.

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  • Coptic Cairo: Abu Serga and Hanging Church

    by karensuzjo Written Aug 7, 2008

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    Abu Serga is where the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary, and Jesus) hid for a while when they were in Egypt. It is an old church and very good for Christians and people of all faiths to visit.

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