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Greek Orthodox Church of St. George (Mari Girgis)

216 Reviews

Greek Orthodox Church of St. George (Mari Girgis)

216 Reviews
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Check off three of Cairo’s most important ancient Egyptian sites in a day with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Start at Giza, home to the three Great Pyramids, the Valley Temple, and the majestic Sphinx. After a restaurant lunch, travel to Saqqara, an ancient cemetery known for Egypt’s first true pyramid. Finish with a visit to Memphis, city of the pharaohs who built these ancient tombs.
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Mohamed Bayomi wrote a review Dec. 2020
Giza Governorate, Egypt107 contributions5 helpful votes
A very beautiful must-see church in the old coptic part of old Cairo. The church is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. It contains many religious and historical items.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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alexandresfcpg wrote a review Jul. 2020
Praia Grande, SP625 contributions145 helpful votes
Uma igreja ortodoxa localizada no bairro copta do Cairo, é linda tanto por fora quanto por dentro. An orthodox church located in the Coptic district of Cairo, it is beautiful both outside and inside.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Linda Y wrote a review Apr. 2020
Frisco, Texas3,892 contributions3,734 helpful votes
The Greek Orthodox Church of St George is dedicated to a popular Christian Saint. It is said that Saint George was kept in a nearby prison where he was martyred in 303 AD. The church’s beautiful round shape is attributed to a round Roman tower that it was built on top of.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LivingThe Q wrote a review Apr. 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado739 contributions95 helpful votes
During our trip to Cairo, we took a day to visit Coptic Cairo, which is a section of Old Cairo with the Babylon Fortress, Abu Serga (Cave Church), and the Church of St. George. The Church of St. George is a Greek Orthodox church that dates back to the 10th century, although the current church buildings were built in 1909 after being destroyed in a fire in 1904. Sitting on top of a hill with a steep set of stairs, the architecture of the church is definitely interesting and impressive. As you approach the church, there is no doubt as to who it is dedicated as there are several murals with images of St. George defeating the dragon, including the large relief on the front of the church itself. The church tower also has a wind-vane that features a dragon that hovers over the church. The church itself is a round building with a large dome over the center, which is quite stunning and dramatic. Next to the church is a cemetery with beautiful grounds and a variety of crypts and tombs. Seeing a Christian cemetery in the heart of Cairo was certainly unique and it was quiet and peaceful in the otherwise hectic city. One of the most interesting features in the cemetery was a mud and stone crypt that resembled a cave. There wasn’t any signage or information that indicated its history or purpose within the cemetery. The interior of the Church of St. George was beautiful, especially with its colorful dome ceiling. Inside of the church, there was also a gold image of St. George slaying the dragon. There is certainly plenty to see in Old Cairo as well as in Coptic Cairo and we spent a couple of hours visiting the various sites.
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Date of experience: May 2019
2 Helpful votes
KGB777 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Singapore, Singapore41,792 contributions2,746 helpful votes
This is one of the more important Orthodox churches to visit whilst in Coptic Cairo. In good condition and with no entry charge, it was a popular place with tourists and locals when I visited in Nov 2019. Conveniently located next to the metro station of the same name.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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