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

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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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Shar'a Mari Girgis Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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+20 128 157 2805
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Can't believe the original structure was built around the 4th century AD and rebuilt in the 11th century after it was destroyed. Check out the outer porch (geometrical and floral designs from the 11th century); sanctuary screen (carved from cedarwood inlaid with ivory..the central screen...More

Thank AdventureDiva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the must places to see is the hanging Church also referred to as the suspended Church of the Virgin Mary or Al-Moallaqa. This name of hanging bridge comes as it was built on the southern gate of the Roman Fortress. It is better...More

Thank raghu67
Reviewed 9 August 2018

It was most fascinating place, especially when you ave a tour guide who is well versed in the Coptic history as much as doctrine. The entire area around the church is beset with historic places where believers believe Jesus visited and took refuge. What an...More

Thank Sabmar
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Well worth the visit to Coptic Cairo tracing the early Christians. Beautiful, well preserved icons within.

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Reviewed 8 August 2018

This was in the Old City, and an interesting find along the way. I wasn't expecting this on the tour. But it is worth the stop on the tour if you have a guide to explain the church.

Thank Kissy1971
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

An excellent church to visit and is located in the old Coptic city. A lot of historical significance.

Thank walid m
Reviewed 2 August 2018

This church forms part of Coptic Cairo’s attractions, a simple little church, beautifully decorated in the Coptic tradition. There are lots of hidden meanings in the design and decoration so it’s worth getting a guide or a book. Called the hanging church as part literally...More

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is one of the oldest surviving churches in Egyptian Christian history, and a very impressive one at that! the interior is gorgeous, and there are volunteer guides on site to give you more information on what you're seeing.

Thank Annechien H
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The Hanging Church is amazing and truly a must see for history lovers. We enjoyed the architecture and explanations provided by our guide Tarek from Memphis Tours. Thank you for a very enjoyable time!

Thank Alexa130
Reviewed 5 July 2018

To think of the early apostles preaching and establishing Christianity from here is astounding. Our guide was a key to understanding the importance of this building.

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