The Holy Family Within the area of old Cairo


The Cathedral of St. Mark - Ezbekieh


In Central Cairo

  • The Church of the Virgin Mary in Zuweila Ailey.
  • The Church of St. George the Martyr.
  • The Church of St. Mercurios Abu Sefein (he of the Two Swords).
  • The Convent of the VirghT Mary.
  • The Convent of St. George.

Al Moallaka (hanging) Church - Old Cairo

In the down-town district of Clot Bey:

  • The Cathedral of St. Mark in Azbekich.
  • Numerous churches attached to the Cairo headquarters of many of Egypt's monasteries.
  • The Church of the Virgin Mary (known by the name: Ezbaweya).

The area now called Old Cairo, known as Misr EI Kadhna, is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still; though their stay was brief, for the Governor of what was then Fustat - enraged by the tumbling down of idols at Jesus's approach - sought to kill the Child. But they took shelter from his wrath in a cave above which, in the later years, the Church of Abu Serga (St Sergius) was built. This, and the whole area of the Fort of Babylon, is a destination of pilgrimage not only for the Egyptians but for Christians from around the world. An air of piety and devotion pervades the whole district.


Interiors of the Church of St. Barbara - Old Cairo

Here, too, it is useful to list the sites which visitors to the Fortress of Babylon section of Old Cairo take in:

  • The Church of Abu Serga and the Crypt of the Holy Family beneath it.
  • Al-Muallaqa (Hanging Church), dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Patriarchal See of the Coptic Church in the early centuries.
  • The Church of St. Barbara.
  • The Church of St. George (in the Palace of Waxworks).
  • The Church of the Virgin, identified by its alternative name of Qasriet Al-Rihan (Basil Pot).
  • The Convent of St George.
  • The Coptic Museum and the raniparts of the Fortress of Babylon.
  • The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.
  • The Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra.


The Greek Orthodox Church of
Mari Gerges (St. George)

The Fustat section of Old Cairo, which lies west of the Mosque of Amr Ibníl Aas, includes:
  • The Church of St. Mercurios Abu Sefein ( he of the two Swords).
  • The Church of Abba Shenouda.
  • The Church of the Virgin Mary of l-Demshiria.
  • The Convent of Abu Sefein.
  • The Church of the Virgin of Babylon El Darag.
  • The Church of Saints Abakir and Yohanna.
  • The Church of Prince Tadros Al Mishrigi.
  • The Church of the.Archangel Mikhail (known also as AlMalak Al-Qibli - or Southern Angelí).
  • The Church of St. Mena in Zahraa - Misr El Kadima.




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