"COPTIC CAIRO" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Vintom

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  Back streets Coptic Cairo
by Vintom

Coptic Cairo is so called by foreigners because this is the area where you will find the very heart and soul of the Egyptian Christian movement, not to mention Arab men with strange sounding names like Peter, John, Martin, Paul and so on. It can be strange when an Arab man introduces himself with a name you would more usually associate as being of Western origin. You are expecting him to announce his name as Abdullah or something.

The proper Egyptian name for this area is Masr al-Qadima, which is the oldest part of modern day Cairo to be found anywhere in the sprawling city. As far back as the time of the Roman fortress on the site in second century AD, the area was known as Babylon-in-Egypt. Christianity predates the Islamic religion in Egypt and it is here that the Christian religion was first to take a foothold, with approx twenty churches at one time occupying an area of just one square kilometre. There are only a few churches still standing today in this area that resembles somewhat the old parts of Jerusalem, with it's tight little narrow cobble stone alleyways and high surrounding walls.

Address: Coptic Cairo
Directions: Mar Girgis was the station on the metro, which served this part of Cairo

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  • Updated Sep 18, 2003
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