If you come here to visit the church by your own it will be quite difficult to find it.
The church is not on the way; it's even impossible to see it over the buildings.
For me it was even difficult to thing that a church can be located on that place.
You have to pass through a passage created by two edifices built too close one to each other, with washed clothes hanged on the wire for drying.
Local women are sitting at the doors and talking, while the kids are playing in the dust.
It is common in Egypt to have a mosque close to a church.
Seen over the buildings around the Church of the Holy Virgin at Musturud, the minaret of the mosque it is quite an impressive view.
Moreover it was an interesting moment when from the church courtyard, plunged into a loud Coptic song, we have heard the call to the prayer for muslims.
It is said that the well was created by Jesus to provide the Holy Family with water during their stay in Mostorod.
The well is now located inside this church, at the end of the steps leading to the crypt.
The Crypt is where the Holy Family stayed and found shelter at the church of the Holy Virgin in Mostorod.
Some steps are leading to the cave, located on the left side after entering the church.
Inside the crypt is a mosaic depincting the Virgin Mary with the child.
Mostorod is located at around 10 km northeast of Cairo, on the site of ancient Heliopolis.
The Holy Family left Tel Basta towards the south until they reached the town of Mostorod, which was also known as AI-Mahammah, which in Arabic means the place of taking bath, because the Virgin Mary gave Jesus a bath here and washed His clothes.
As most of the places around Cairo, the area is very poor with many ruined or unfinished buildings.
After passing the belfry, you enter into the inner courtyard of the church.
The entrance to the church is located on the left side, while the other sides are bordered by different buildings.
The medieval door is leading to the altar of the church.
The Coptic Orthodox Church calls it the royal door for this reason.
Above the door is a Coptic and Arabic text.
The Church of the Holy Virgin is located on the cave where once the Holy family rested and where Jesus created a well, which the Holy Family used for drinking, washing and bathing.