Destination of millions of tourists who flock every year to see its wonders and get lost in its magical atmosphere, Coptic Cairo is the oldest part of the Egyptian capital. A place not to be missed if you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Cairo.
Coptic Cairo is a part of the Old City of Cairo where the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites are located which, every year, attract millions of tourists in the beautiful Egyptian capital.
You will visit the “Hanging Church” which dates back to the 3rd century AD and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is called “Hanging” for its position above the gate of the ancient Roman fortress “Babylon”. After that go to visit the “Church of San Sergio and Bacchus” which was built where the holy family was. Hence “Ben Ezra Jewish Synagogue”, whose importance goes back to the warehouse which was found during the 19th century containing a treasure trove of abandoned Hebrew and sacred Hebrew manuscripts. The monastery of San Simone the Tanner or “The church of the cave” which is located in the area of the hills of el Mokattam. This church is the largest church in the Middle East and includes the church of San Bola, the church of San Marco and the hall of San Simone the Conciatore.
Daily fom 8 – 11 am
On this excursion, you will be given the opportunity to get to know the Coptic Quarter, an area of the city characterized by being a melting pot of religions throughout history: Christians, Jews, Orthodox and Muslims have lived in this part of Cairo. Its monuments include the Hanging Church, built on the Fortress of Babylon; the Church of Saint Sergius, where the Holy Family is believed to have gone into exile in Egypt when they fled from Herod; or the Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest in the country dating from the 7th century.
After picking you up at your hotel, we will go to the Coptic neighborhood of Cairo . During the journey we will learn about the history of the Christians of Egypt and we will discover the differences between Coptic Catholics and Coptic Orthodox. Both religious currents have their own temple, which we will visit on our tour.
First, we will enter the interior of the church of Santa María la Virgen , better known as “the hanging church of Cairo” because it was built on one of the old doors of the Babylon Fortress. Inside the temple, we will observe various works of art and their mosaics belonging to different historical periods.
We will continue the tour admiring the exterior architecture of the church of San Jorge. The temple, consecrated to the Coptic Orthodox cult, constitutes the seat of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Nearby is the church of San Sergio. Inside we will see the sacred space where, according to tradition, the Holy Family took refuge during their flight from King Herod.