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  • Address: Sharia Mar Girgis
  • Hours: Open Daily 9am - 4pm

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

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Hanging Church, which is still in use, is called the Hanging or Suspended Church as it is built on top of the Water Gate of Roman Babylon. Steep stairs lead from the forecourt to a 19th -century façade topped by twin bell towers. Beyond is a small inner courtyard, usually filled with sellers of taped liturgies and videos of the Coptic pope, Shenouda III.

The interior of this 9th-century (some say 7th-century) church, renovated many times throughout the centuries, has three barrel-vaulted, wooden-roofed aisles. Ivory-inlaid screens hide the three haikal s (altar areas), but in front of them, raised on 13 slender pillars that represent Christ and his disciples, is a fine pulpit used only on Palm Sunday. One of the pillars, darker than the rest, is said to symbolize Judas. In the baptistry, off to the right, a panel has been cut out of the floor revealing the Water Gate below. From here there is a good view of one of the gate's twin towers.

Practical Info

The Hanging Church is in Old Cairo, also known as Coptic Cairo. The easiest way to get there is by taxi.

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Private Day Tour to Old Cairo, Giza, null
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Private Day Tour to Old Cairo

A full day Cairo tour to visit Islamic and Coptic Cairo where the Holy family passed by during the time they fled from the Roman emperor. The area is a ...  Read more

Location: Giza, Egypt
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Egyptian Museum Tour Plus a Visit to Old Cairo, Cairo, Cultural Tours
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Egyptian Museum Tour Plus a Visit to Old Cairo

Tour to the Great Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo and the Holy family churches.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $55.00
Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Enjoy a full day exploring the most prominent places of worship and significant areas of Cairo. You will Visit the Church of Abu Sergah and St. Barbara, the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Discover Cairo: Coptic Islamic Tour, Christian Churches and Babylon Fortress, Cairo, City Tours
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Discover Cairo: Coptic Islamic Tour, Christian Churches and Babylon Fortress

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Take a guided tour of Coptic Cairo to visit some of the oldest Christian churches in the world and even retrace steps taken by Mary and Joseph thousands of ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, and Hanging Church in Cairo, ... 
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, and Hanging Church in Cairo

Enjoy a lovely day to cover some of Cairo's famous sites. Cairo is the largest city in Africa, and full of historical places. On this tour, visit the pyramids ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Half-Day Private Tour of Coptic Cairo Including Saint Simon Church in Moqqatam, Cairo, Private ... 
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Half-Day Private Tour of Coptic Cairo Including Saint Simon Church in Moqqatam

Enjoy this half-day tour of exploring the Christian Egypt by visiting old Cairo and carved church in Moqqatam.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Coptic Cairo and Coptic Museum: Guided Private Day Tour in Cairo, Cairo, Half-day Tours
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Coptic Cairo and Coptic Museum: Guided Private Day Tour in Cairo

With your private guide, explore the old Cairo area and see the remains of the Roman Tower, Hanging Church, Crypt of the Holy Family, the roman orthodox church ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Day-Tour of Cairo Highlights and Giza Pyramids from Cairo, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day-Tour of Cairo Highlights and Giza Pyramids from Cairo

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Enjoy this day tour to Giza and Cairo, exploring all periods of ancient Egyptian history, by visiting Giza pyramids, Egyptian museum, old Cairo, Citadel and ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Private Day Tour: Discover Coptic and Islamic Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour: Discover Coptic and Islamic Cairo

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Reviews

Islam and Christianity are one religion in Egypt, there is tolerance and peace between them. Join this tour to know more about the two famous regions in Egypt.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

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