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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

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Address: Shar'a Mari Girgis Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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This church, originally built in the ancient fortress of Babylon in Old...

This church, originally built in the ancient fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo around 4th century AD, derives its name from its location suspended above two Roman gate towers.

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Blondie Solo Travaler 2016

During my visit to Egypt my tour guide had taken me to visit all of the major tourist sites. This church is a must see for how it was built and obtained the name the hanging... read more

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During my visit to Egypt my tour guide had taken me to visit all of the major tourist sites. This church is a must see for how it was built and obtained the name the hanging church. however, we were on a schedule, so there was not a lot of time to pray, if you so choose. I was there... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Coptic church is tucked away in the back streets of Cairo. It is packed with interesting relics and the architecture is unusual to say the least. This church was built on top of a roman building and you can see through the glass floor that it is literally hanging. The roof of the church has been built to mimic... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an amazing piece of art but also it's a paradise for the believers. and for others it's a mixture of everything fine , it was built on the ruins of an ancient roman fort , you can see from some spot on the floor that it's hanging on the air coz it's supported on the top of the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very ancient church, possibly as early as 4th c. AD. Fascinating mixture of Eastern Orthodox and Arabic design, including spectacular ebony and ivory inlay. The relics of several saints, one of whom is St. George, slayer of the dragon!

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Thank Michael C
Greater Accra, Ghana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited the church on Good Friday and the place was packed with worshippers. No more tourist were allowed in due to security reasons. Fortunately the people in charge of the crowd control felt sorry for us as we had come in vain. After waiting a while they let us in and we could take all the time we needed.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a serene little stop along your way through Cairo. There weren't a ton of people while we were there which was nice. The courtyard is gorgeous and inside the church even more so. We took some time and listened to a little service which was nice. The decor of the inside is no disappointment!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The history of this church is amazing. Visiting there was a good choice, it's literally hanging and the original building is under it's show through a glass and clearly wonderful history. It's also convent to continue sights seeing because it's next to a train station.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hanging church of Cairo: Believed to have been built in 690 AD ,the Hanging Church of Cairo is Egypt’s most famous & first Basilica style church. This is also known as the Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church. Interesting feature of the church is it’s vast wooden domed roof/ceiling. Apart from being a spectacular representation of age old craftsmanship, it... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

many big and small churches and cathedrals in this area. it has a museum here too. visiting this area requires minimum 3-4 hours

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well preserved and maintanted church in middle of Cairo. Nice exhibition of old photographs of all patriarhs.

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