Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
The Hanging Church in Cario derives its name from its location
on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress with
its nave suspended over a passage. It's the most famous Coptic
church in Cairo with the earliest mention of the church being a
statement in the biography of the patriarch Joseph, who lived from
831 to 849. It went on to become known to travellers as the
'staircase church' during the 14th and 15th centuries, because of
the twenty-nine steps that lead to the entrance. The visual impact
of the church's elevated position has been reduced due to the rise
of land surface by around 20 feet (6 metres) since the Roman
period. The Roman tower remains mostly buried below ground.
Address: Shar'a Mari Girgis Street, Old Cairo Opening Time: Daily 9am-4pm (except during
services). Admission: Free
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