Coptic Cairo - Hanging Church, Cairo

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    Inside the Hanging Church of St. Mary

    by June.b Written Jun 27, 2011

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    The internal decor of the hanging church is striking, so many details so little space. Not that it's small but every square meter of walls and ceilings are intricately designed. Right int eh middle is an 11th century pulpit made of marble, and every arches on top are impressive.

    There are altars on the walls encasing some personal relics and clothing belonging to former bishops or saints on display.

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    The Hanging Church (El...

    by AndreasK Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    The Hanging Church (El Muallaqa) was first built, in Basilcan style, in the 3rd or 4th century. The main church is thought to have been built between the 5th and 6th centuries with the southeastern section called the 'upper church' being added later. The church was destroyed in the 9th century. It was rebuilt in the 11th century and became the seat of the Coptic patriarchate until the 14th century. The Hanging Church shares ground with the Coptic Museum.

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    The Hanging Church

    by sswagner Written Jul 11, 2006

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    The Hanging Church

    In all likelihood, there has been a Christian church on this site since the 4th century AD. The Hanging church is one of the most attractive buildings in Cairo on the inside and out. The signiature twin towers are fairly new additions, but the older part is below. The hanging church gets its name from the fact that it is built over other structures. There are nice carving thoughout the interior worth a closer look. Unlike much of the rest of indoor Egypt, photography is allowed, however a flash cannot be used.

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    4.Visit the Christian Coptic...

    by yakmyl Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    4.Visit the Christian Coptic church 'Al-Muaallaqah' (4th or 5th century AD) near the south gate of the Roman 'Fortress of Babylon'. http://www.touregypt.net/hangingchurch.htm

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    Visit 'The Hanging Church' 'Al...

    by akram_guirgu Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit 'The Hanging Church' 'Al Moallaka' Coptic Church in Old Cairo:

    The picture of the map of the travels of the holy family comes from a famous Coptic Church called the 'Hanging Church.' The Hanging Church is one of a number of ancient Coptic churches located in the earliest sector of Cairo known today as Old Cairo.
    The city grew up around a Roman fort called Babylon. The Hanging Church, in Arabic el-Muallaqa, is dedicated to St. Mary. It was given its name because the wooden floor of the late third century structure was constructed across the towers of the ancient Roman fortress. The church is filled with remarkable works of art but is endangered by the rising water and sewage table in Old Cairo. There are projects under review to preserve this important.

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    Famous Coptic Church of Cairo (1)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2013
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    the hanging church of Cairo is so named as the church was built on the foundations of the Babylon Fortress of which some areas of the Church are hanging along the ruins of the Fortress of which they built supports so that the church would not fall into the excavations of the fortress below. Basically, the church was built in 690 AD,and is situated on two bastions of the Roman fortress and its nave is suspended over a passageway m(you would see it in my pictures). The Church is now the Seat of the Coptic Pope since the 10th century when the enthronement was transferred from nearby Abu Serga Church. Inside the church are various coptic artifacts and pictures of the Coptic Popes and some Coptic Holy Icons.

    Admission is Free

    opens: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday

    according to wikipedia:

    The church is approached by 29 steps; early travelers to Cairo dubbed it "the Staircase Church."[2] The land surface has risen by some 6 metres since the Roman period so that the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church's elevated position. The entrance from the street is through iron gates under a pointed stone arch. The nineteenth-century facade with twin bell towers is then seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard leading to the eleventh-century outer porch.

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    Famous Coptic Church of Cairo (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2013
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    part two of my tips with pictures inside the hanging church. i will have separate pictures on the foundations of the church facing the babylon fortress.

    the hanging church of Cairo is so named as the church was built on the foundations of the Babylon Fortress of which some areas of the Church are hanging along the ruins of the Fortress of which they built supports so that the church would not fall into the excavations of the fortress below. Basically, the church was built in 690 AD,and is situated on two bastions of the Roman fortress and its nave is suspended over a passageway m(you would see it in my pictures). The Church is now the Seat of the Coptic Pope since the 10th century when the enthronement was transferred from nearby Abu Serga Church. Inside the church are various coptic artifacts and pictures of the Coptic Popes and some Coptic Holy Icons.

    Admission is Free

    opens: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday

    according to wikipedia:

    The church is approached by 29 steps; early travelers to Cairo dubbed it "the Staircase Church."[2] The land surface has risen by some 6 metres since the Roman period so that the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church's elevated position. The entrance from the street is through iron gates under a pointed stone arch. The nineteenth-century facade with twin bell towers is then seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard leading to the eleventh-century outer porch.

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    Hanging Church Detail

    by bpwillet Written Oct 29, 2003
    Hanging Church Interior

    This is from the inside of the Hanging Church. You will notice the pulpit with white columns. One is colored black representing Judas. The vaulted ceilings are intricately decorated. You can walk over to the right hand side through a small door. There you will be able to get a glimpse through the window of the Roman Tower, and under the floor of the water way that makes the church "hang".

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    Hanging Church

    by mariocibelli Written Sep 2, 2004

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    EL-MU'ALLAQA: The hanging church, Cairo. Cairo's most famous church, may have been originally built in the 7th century on the site of an older 4th century church. Built on top of the Roman walls.

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    The Hanging Church

    by nada1712 Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    The Hanging Church

    The Hanging Church on Mari Girgis street is a pretty reminder of Christianity in Cairo. The ancient Coptic branch of Christianity survives well here in Egypt -some 10% of Egyptions are Christian

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    Foundation of Hanging Church

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    On the right hand side in the church, there is window on the floor. Through it, you can see foundations of the church which was built on the foundations of old Roman foundation.

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    Hanging Church

    by bpwillet Updated Oct 29, 2003
    Hanging Church- Coptic Cairo

    This church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is one of the most beautiful churches in Cairo. One of the oldest as well, named for the Roman water way that ran underneath.

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