Christianity continued to grow in Egypt gradually, and baptized monasteries were built all over Egypt. Most of the temples and monuments turned into a peaceful enclave of narrow, winding lanes included Christian and Jewish landmarks with churches and monasteries.
Some Of These Sites Include-
The Hanging Church-
- ⇒ The most famous landmark among the Christian sites is the seventh-century Hanging Church. Once a Roman gatehouse, the decorated gate passes through a mosaic-lined courtyard before climbing a set of 29 steps to the church.
- ⇒ The flickering candles set before icons along the walls of the church symbolize that it is still an active place of worship.
The New Church:
Built in the 19th century, The New Church is considered to be the newest and the largest of all the Egyptian churches. With twelve rooms and modern architectural elements, the only flaw in the church construction is the orientation. The Church is not completely directed towards the east and is therefore not used for prayers and offerings.
The Church Of St. Sergius and Bacchus-
- ⇒ Built in the centre of the Ancient Roman fort of Babylon, the church of St. Sergio visited by the Holy Family on their escape route to the land of Egypt is historically very important.
- ⇒ The church dates back to the 5th Century.
- ⇒ Structured like a basilica with a narthex, nave and two aisles the church is separated from the nave by ten marble and two rosette granite columns.
The church of St. Barbara
- ⇒ One of the oldest and remarkable churches in Cairo, situated in the eastern part of the Babylon Fort, the church of St. Barbara rebuilt in the 11th century is a mix of traditional and cultural heritage.
- ⇒ Shaped like the Roman Basilica, the church comprises three sanctuaries, two aisles, an entrance, a narthex and a nave located in the east wing of the church.
- ⇒ Visitors can enter through a doorway to a rectangular hall from the southern sanctuary. It leads to a chapel devoted to St. Barbara. A doorway leads to the small church from the northern sanctuary.
The Church of St. Anthony-
- ⇒ The rectangular church from the 4th century divided into four sections is worth a visit. The sections are assigned separately for monks, priests, bishops and the elderly members of the church respectively.
- ⇒ All the different sections covered with three huge domes gives a magnificent view.
The Church of the Apostles:
Connected to the Church of St. Anthony by a small corridor, the Church of Apostles is a small church with three altars. Rectangular in shape and divided into four sections the church is covered by a huge dome.
The Church of the Virgin:
The Church of the Virgin categorized into three sections is relatively smaller than other Egyptian churches with each section separated from the other by a wooden grille. The church built on the second floor of the monastery preserves ancient Christian heritage.
The ancient Christian sites in Egypt few in numbers store cultural souvenirs and heritage value. To explore more of these Coptic sites call us or visit NILE HOLIDAY.