Coptic Cairo

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Coptic Cairo
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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.
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clarae
London, UK19 contributions
Mar. 2022
Well worth a visit, to wander around and stumble across various churches eg the one which includes the cave where holy family rested! All highly evocative of an old religion, seemingly little changed.
Written 19 April 2022
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Mike BR
Haddington, UK7,218 contributions
Mar. 2022
Both the Coptic Church and Museum were not on our 'Must See' list, but we were so glad we were taken as both were fascinating and interesting.
Written 6 April 2022
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Traveller of the world
1,116 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Solo
This is a lovely part of Cairo. Like a different world away from the chaotic roads nearby! I would say to take a guide as you will miss a lot of the history and important attractions which are 'dotted' around. A good idea is to do a half day guided tour. Very interesting and we learnt a lot.
Written 29 March 2022
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,172 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Solo
Lots of religious history here including about the Coptic Christians, of which I knew almost nothing. I bought a book in English that explained their history. I did some reading from the book when I got back to my hotel room. Don't miss this site.
Written 27 February 2022
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982pradipb
Navi Mumbai, India409 contributions
Feb. 2022
It is a lovely area of the Cairo City where the Coptic Christians live for thousands of years. It houses churches where Jesus Christ along with his mother stayed for sometime. The area oozes history . The area has narrow alleys with book and souvenir shops for visitors .
Written 23 February 2022
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PavelKram
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
Hanging church, Babylon fortress and Mar Girgius church are places worth to visit. Synagogue Ben Ezra is closed due to reconstruction. Our guide Mahmoud +20 122 8232071 provided us with many interesting background details about Coptic and Christian.
Written 8 February 2022
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IrishAudity
New Cairo City, Egypt292 contributions
Nov. 2021
Must see when in Cairo. Our guide told us it is the oldest part of Cairo. A lot of fascinating churches, buildings and history.
Written 4 February 2022
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Nick P
Staten Island, NY292 contributions
Jan. 2022
I went into this experience skeptical because I am not very religious anymore. But with the help of our guide I was able to understand a lot more about the significance of the neighborhood. You need a good guide (not guidebook) to advise what you need to understand. Truly loved walking the alleyways seeing the street book vendors. They led to the Hanging Church and the Cavern Church, which are brilliant. Look inside, sit and meditate. Ben Ezra synagogue was closed for renovations when we were there and our guide did not bring us to other churches, though I wish we had time.I was inspired.
Written 31 January 2022
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ravichandra108
Hyderabad District, India236 contributions
Nov. 2021
This area is conveniently reachable via the Metro (Mar Girgis station). The St. Sergius and St. Bacchus church is built over the underground chamber where the Holy Family is believed to have lived in Egypt.
Written 25 December 2021
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,334 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
Fascinating part of Cairo. Coptic language is basically as close as linguistically possible to the old Egyptian language before the Arabic influence. It uses not the hieroglyphs but the Greek alphabet. It is used in Coptic liturgy. It also helped Jean-Francois Champollion decipher the ancient hieroglyphs.
Visiting the Coptic Cairo is mostly a walking tour featuring the old Coptic churches and the museum.
Do not miss the 5th century Abu Serba where you can decent to the cave that had sheltered the Holy Family during their flight to the Egypt . Another interesting objective of the tour is exploration of the “hanging church” from 7th century.
During the walk you will see many interesting icons, walk by many bookineers and decent to the lower levels of the ancient Cairo.
Written 11 December 2021
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