hangingchurch85Old Cairo

Within a one-mile radius, this oldest place of worship is a combination of Christian, Islamic and Jewish history. Here you find some of the world’s oldest churches, such as the Church of St. Gergius, the Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary, built in the 4th century, the Synagogue Ben Ezra, dating back to the 9th century and the Amr Mosque, the first mosque to be built in Cairo. Legend has it that during the migration of the Holy Family, they found refuge in this area.

The recently restored Coptic Museum has a beautiful exhibition of artefacts from the early Christian period. The museum is part of the cultural heritage, founded by private benefactors in 1908.. The museum houses a fine collection of manuscripts, including the earliest known copy of the book of Psalms, found in a Coptic grave and nearly 1200 papyrus pages of Gnostic writings, bound into books called codices.


 

Old Cairo

Within a one-mile radius, this oldest place of worship is a combination of Christian, Islamic and Jewish history. Here you find some of the world’s oldest churches, such as the Church of St. Gergius, the Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary, built in the 4th century, the Synagogue Ben Ezra, dating back to the 9th century and the Amr Mosque, the first mosque to be built in Cairo. Legend has it that during the migration of the Holy Family, they found refuge in this area.

The Coptic Museum has a beautiful exhibition of artefacts from the early Christian period. The museum is part of the cultural heritage, founded by private benefactors in 1908 and recently beautifully restored. The museum houses a fine collection of manuscripts, including the earliest known copy of the book of Psalms, found in a Coptic grave and nearly 1200 papyrus pages of Gnostic writings in Coptic, bound into books called codices.