"A walk around Coptic Cairo" Coptic Cairo Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Coptic Cairo, Cairo: 42 reviews and 95 photos

  Fortress tower
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  • Fortress tower - Cairo
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  • Roman wall and Hanging Church - Cairo
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Don't just settle for a visit to the Hanging Church and the museum while you're in this quarter of Cairo - time spent exploring the streets will reveal many more treasures in this ancient part of the city.
The tower at the entrance to the museum (considerably rebuilt, of course) was once part of the Roman fortress and harbourside defences. You can also see nearby evidence of the excavations of the fortress that have revealed the port's quay.
The round church just beyond the fortress is the Church of St George - one of the last round churches to be seen in Egypt.
Also nearby is the Ben Ezra Synagogue - the oldest synagogue in Egypt, now fully restored after the damage it sustained during the Six Day War in 1967. You'll find the entrance to its tranquil courtyard marked by a Star of David over the gateway in the wall.
The Church of St Sergius lays claim not only to being the oldest church in Egypt but also that it is built over a cave where Joseph and Mary rested on the flight into Egypt. We were lucky enough to arrive here just as a church service was coming to an end, in time not only to hear the wonderful chanting and observe the lovely way people stayed on in the church afterwards - talking to each other and their priests while children played, everyone so comfortable and at home in this beautiful old building but also to be drawn into a family group as welcome guests.

Address: Old Cairo
Directions: Within the Ring Rd. Western section
Website: http://www.touregypt.net

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2006
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