Cairo – Private Full Day Museum, Citadel, Mosque & Bazaar
Today’s tour is different we’ll explore the galleries and rooms of the Coptic Museum that would help you to understand the history of the Egyptian Christians “The Copts” the museum was founded in 1908 – 1910. Among the masterpieces of the museum Marble columns, Fountains, Mashrabiahs, Icons, Textiles and mosaics brought from the ruins of ancient mansions belonging to the Coptic community. The most interesting thing among the wooden work in the museum is the Mashrabiahs, which were used as windows by both the Copts and Muslims. Next you will visit the Hanging Church. The Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress with its nave suspended above the passage. (Muallaqa translates to ‘suspended’). The church was first built in Basilcan style in the 3rd or 4th century. However, at that time it is unlikely that the church would have been constructed in this location. The main church is thought to have been built between the 5th and 6th centuries with the southeastern section called the “upper church” being added later. The church was destroyed in the 9th century. It was rebuilt in the 11th century and became the seat of the Coptic patriarchate until the 14th century.
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