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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), Cairo

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A landmark of the Coptic Orthodox faith, Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) also represents one of the country's oldest religious structures. The church remains best known for its distinctive 19th-century bell towers, 11th-century outer porch, and atmospheric courtyard. The interior showcases many traditional motifs of Coptic art, including geometric designs, icons depicting Biblical characters, and symbolic structural components, including 13 pillars representing Christ and his disciples. Use our Cairo trip planner to arrange your visit to Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) and other attractions in Cairo.
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  • Pretty neat place in Coptic Cairo. It doesn't take long to visit and it's a different side of Cairo that most tourists don't get to see. 
    Pretty neat place in Coptic Cairo. It doesn't take long to visit and it's a different side of Cairo that most tourists don't get to see.  more »
  • Outstanding mosaics and beautiful interior. Very reverent as you enter to view the symbolism and beauty of the interior. Easy access by Metro or Uber. Close to the Museum of Egyptian Civilization. 
    Outstanding mosaics and beautiful interior. Very reverent as you enter to view the symbolism and beauty of the interior. Easy access by Metro or Uber. Close to the Museum of Egyptian Civilization.  more »
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  • The ground of the church was that it was the very place where Jesus and Mary hid in Egypt. The church is very uniquely built with absolutely gorgeous architecture. It is called the hanging church because the whole church is situated on two towers with no basis on the ground at all. Also, the oldest church in Egypt, it’s free to visit. The beauty of this church was mesmerizing. Definitely a 'do visit' place.
  • If you're looking for a church with a bit of history, the Hanging Church is well worth a visit. It's one of the oldest churches in Cairo, and it's said to be named for its location above a Coptic cemetery. The church is also known for its beautiful architecture and its collection of icons and religious paintings. Make sure to go inside and check out the decorations - they're really incredible. There's no entrance fee, but it can be a bit difficult to find. Just look for the crowds of people and you'll know you're in the right place. If you're looking for a unique and interesting experience while in Cairo, be sure to visit The Hanging Church..

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