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  • Address: Sharia Mar Girgis, Cairo, Egypt
  • 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 6-Hour Tour to Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church in Cairo, Cairo, null
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Private 6-Hour Tour to Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church in Cairo

Visit the two highlights of Islamic and Coptic Cairo, see the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the Hanging Church in Old Cairo.

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

From USD $20.80
Old Cairo Highlights Private Tour with Lunch, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Old Cairo Highlights Private Tour with Lunch

Full day tour visiting the old Cairo, which is known as the Cairo Coptic (Christian and Islamic). Highlights include Citadel of Saladin, Alabaster Mosque, ...  Read more

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

From USD $97.25
Private Day Tour of the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church, Cairo, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour of the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church

This private tour gives an excellent opportunity to explore 3 main eras of Egyptian history as you will explore the Giza Pyramids, the Hanging Church in Coptic ...  Read more

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

From USD $34.30
Private-Day tour to Giza Pyramids, Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church From Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private-Day tour to Giza Pyramids, Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church From Cairo

This private full day tour gives you the opportunity to see great monuments of 3 different historical periods of Egypt; Pharaonic (Giza pyramids, Christian ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.53
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada by Air Giza Pyramid and Sphinx and Museum, Hurghada, Historical & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada by Air Giza Pyramid and Sphinx and Museum

Why not take a flight to Cairo and let a guide accompany you on a visit to the wonderful Giza Pyramids and sphinx. Then onto the famous Egyptian Museum or the ...  Read more

Location: Hurghada, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $315.00
Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo, Cairo, Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

Egypt is not the only Pharaonic civilization, but it also combines several of the most important civilizations of the Islamic civilization and Christianity. ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Day Tour from Cairo: Egyptian Museum Hanging Church and Giza pyramids, Cairo, Private Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Day Tour from Cairo: Egyptian Museum Hanging Church and Giza pyramids

Visit Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, hanging church and Egyptian Museum as a part of this tour. See the most famous attractions in one day. Find out more ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Private Half-Day Tour to Coptic Cairo with Hanging Church, Abu Serga Church, Santa Barbara and Ben ... 
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Private Half-Day Tour to Coptic Cairo with Hanging Church, Abu Serga Church, Santa Barbara and Ben Ezra Synagogue

A half day for Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians with a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family ...  Read more

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

From USD $32.04
Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, and Hanging Church in Cairo, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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
Day Tour: Tahrir Square and Cooking Class, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Day Tour: Tahrir Square and Cooking Class

See the old part of Cairo; The Coptic part and visit the old church. Take a round in Tahrir square. See - feel and touch the Spirit of revolution whilst your ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $127.00

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