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Coptic Cairo is a hostrical place that encompasses a number of churches including the iconic Hanging Church, the Church of St. Barbara, the Church of St. George, Church of St. Sergius and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. It is believed that the holy family took the church of Saint Serguis as a shelter when they fled from the Roman emperor. Then you will stroll Khan El Khalili Bazzar which is one of the oldest markets in the Islamic district of Cairo where you will have the opportunity to stroll and see the glittering merchandise of spices, copper and silver ware, textiles, leather products and a lot more. Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili tour is an exploration of Cairo’s attractions gems.
Centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels
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Your guide will pick you from your hotel and you will be transferred to Old Coptic Cairo known to Egyptians as Masr Al Qadima where it is a district of the most ancient churches in the Egypt.
Church of Abu Serga (St Sergius) :
Supposed resting place of the Holy Family. The Church is dedicated to two martyrs St. Sergius and St. Bacchus—two Roman soldier-saints who were martyred during the fourth Century in the reign of Roman Emperor Maximilan. The church was restored in the eighth century and has been renovated many times since then. The most interesting feature is the crypt where Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are said to have rested. The crypt is 10 meters deep and, when Nile levels are high, is often flooded.
Hanging Church (The) :
One of the oldest places for Christian worship in Cairo. It is called hanging because it is built on top of Roman water gate. The history of the church is uncertain but it contains religious icons and relics including the icon of Virgin Mary and Jesus. The mass is held in ancient liturgical Coptic language.
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George :
The nearby Greek Orthodox Church of St. George has the same circular design of the Roman tower upon which it was built. Founded in the 10th Century, and alternating between Greek and Coptic ownership, the original building was damaged by fire in 1904, though fortunately most of the relics and icons survived. The present church was rebuilt on the site, and is the center of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. The adjacent monastery does not usually admit visitors.
Church of St. Barbara :
Further along on the left is the Church of St. Barbara, dedicated to Sitt Barbara—as the legend goes, was murdered by the Roman Governor for preaching the gospel in the 3rd Century.
Ben Ezra Synagogue
It is believed that the site of the synagogue is where the box of baby Moses was found. The synagogue was originally a church that the Copts sold to the Jews to be able to pay the taxes levied by Muslim rulers in the reign of Ahmed Ibn Tulun. Many restorations and renovations took place to the synagogue. The present statues of the synagogue dates back to 1892.
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
labyrinth of the Khan el Khalili. The Khan dates back to the 14th century, when it was a mere caravanserai – a large inn providing accommodation for caravans. Over the centuries it has grown into an enormous bazaar. It is still a popular shopping area, though many of the shops are dedicated to tourist-oriented items. There is anything and everything here – jewellery, copper and brass items, woodwork, odd Pharaonic goodies, fabrics, carpets, glassware and spices. Quality varies, and in most shops, bargaining is mandatory. Several good restaurants and coffee shops are scattered throughout the area. A two hundred year old coffee shop, Fishawy’s, is a must for a cup of tea and a sheesha (water pipe). The Naguib Mahfouz Cafe offers good Egyptian food in a clean and peaceful atmosphere.