- Type: Attractions
- Localyte author: egyptraveluxe
- The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Abu Serga) is a 4th century church and today is considered to be the oldest of Cairo's Christian churches. It is dedicated to two early martyrs and traditionally believed to have been built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary end of their journey into Egypt. They may have lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress 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 (in Old, or Coptic Cairo) with its Nave suspended above the passage (Muallaqa translates to 'suspended'). It is the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, as well as the first built in Basilica style (possibly). It was probably built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690-92), though an earlier church building may have existed elsewhere dating as earlier as the 3rd or 4th century. However, the earliest mention of the church was a statement in the biography of the patriarch Joseph (831-49), when the governor of Egypt visited the establishment. The church was largely rebuilt during by the patriarch Abraham (975-78) and has seen many other restorations including one very recently, after which objects of historical interest that were no longer of service went to the Coptic Museum.
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- Cairo, Egypt
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