Coptic Cairo
Coptic Cairo
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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.
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  • Boris M
    Sibenik, Croatia187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of the great historical moment
    Great part of the history, worth to see for Christias as well as for Muslims. Church where Holly Family was hidden for a 3 months, is of course renovated couple of times, but still gives special feeling. Souvenirs and books are not so expencive, and local traders are fairly polite.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • JWrightAU1224
    Chattanooga, Tennessee78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the pyramids - but in a good way
    This was an experience my guide recommended and I am so glad that he did. To be honest, I wasn't nearly as familiar with history of the Coptic Christians as I was with the more well know pyramids and Sphinx. If you have an extra day or are just looking for something a little different definitely visit.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 10, 2023
  • SonomaNut
    Sonoma, California1,107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not on our agenda
    If you visit the older areas of Cairo you see Christian sites that are not on the usual itinerary. Make sure you retain a guide to get the most out of your time. Without a guide, these places are just another church. Make sure you find a person with good English skills.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Neighborhood with Christian Churches, Synagogues, Shops and Stores
    I visited this neighborhood together with my visit of the Citadel and 3 mosques. There is no fee to visit this neighborhood. Note the adequate signage that shows where the attractions are located. When lost, ask the locals and Security Guards. They are kind and helpful. There are ancient Christian Churches, a Sinagogue to visit, Bookstores, Shops and restaurants here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coptic Cairo is an interesting neighborhood
    Coptic Cairo is the center of ancient Christianity in Egypt. Our tour group visited this neighborhood and went to the Hanging Church. It was raining on the day we visited, which is rare and only happens a few times a year in Cairo. Our tour guide told us that the church is said to be the location where Joseph and Mary sought refuge from King Herod when they escaped to Egypt. It was interesting to see the church.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three Coptic Cairo sights
    We visited the Khan El Khalili market, the Egyptian Museum and the Cairo Citadel on the same day as we visited Coptic Cairo and this component only took about an hour and a half. Our tour of Coptic Cairo included the Hanging Church, the Church of St Sergius and Bacchus and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. These Coptic Christian and Jewish sites date from the 3rd to 9th centuries AD but have been extensively rebuilt in later times. They are all close together in walking distance of each other. You also get to see some of the surrounding architecture. There were a lot of visitors on the Saturday morning when we visited and, of course, Sunday wouldn't be an alternative because services would be held then. I think these three are just a few of the possible sites to visit on this theme (though these three appear to be listed on most of the the tours I looked at) as there is also the Church of St Barbara and the Coptic Museum which I have seen on other tours. The ruins of the Roman Fortress of Babylon are not accessible but you can view it from the outside and we saw the Church of St. George from the outside too. If you have a special interest in the topic it would be worthwhile researching it and either seeing them by yourself or getting a tailored tour. Otherwise this brief glimpse might be all that is required.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting area to explore
    Coptic Cairo, in the old part of the city, has a mosque, synagogue, and 7 churches. The Copts are Eastern Orthodox Christians. There is a lot to see here and most of it is within an easy walking distance. Be sure to visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which dates to the 12th century. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century. (Photography inside is prohibited.) The Cavern Church is also known as Abu Serga Church. Inside the church is the cavern where the holy family stayed for three months. The Hanging Church, which was built in the late 4th century atop the towers of the Roman Fortress of Babylon is also worth seeing. Don't miss the Coptic Museum. There were many beautiful exhibits on display. You need at least an hour to see them. Savor such beautiful objects as an Acanthus frieze, 6th century, from the Monastery of St. Jeremiah in Saqqara. You can see Coptic tapestries and the most ancient Book of Psalms known in the Coptic language, which dates from the 4-5th centuries.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 30, 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Coptic Cairo, in the old part of the city, has a mosque, synagogue, and 7 churches. The Copts are Eastern Orthodox Christians. There is a lot to see here and most of it is within an easy walking distance. Be sure to visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which dates to the 12th century. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century. (Photography inside is prohibited.)

The Cavern Church is also known as Abu Serga Church. Inside the church is the cavern where the holy family stayed for three months. The Hanging Church, which was built in the late 4th century atop the towers of the Roman Fortress of Babylon is also worth seeing.

Don't miss the Coptic Museum. There were many beautiful exhibits on display. You need at least an hour to see them. Savor such beautiful objects as an Acanthus frieze, 6th century, from the Monastery of St. Jeremiah in Saqqara. You can see Coptic tapestries and the most ancient Book of Psalms known in the Coptic language, which dates from the 4-5th centuries.
Written April 30, 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited the Khan El Khalili market, the Egyptian Museum and the Cairo Citadel on the same day as we visited Coptic Cairo and this component only took about an hour and a half. Our tour of Coptic Cairo included the Hanging Church, the Church of St Sergius and Bacchus and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. These Coptic Christian and Jewish sites date from the 3rd to 9th centuries AD but have been extensively rebuilt in later times. They are all close together in walking distance of each other. You also get to see some of the surrounding architecture. There were a lot of visitors on the Saturday morning when we visited and, of course, Sunday wouldn't be an alternative because services would be held then.

I think these three are just a few of the possible sites to visit on this theme (though these three appear to be listed on most of the the tours I looked at) as there is also the Church of St Barbara and the Coptic Museum which I have seen on other tours. The ruins of the Roman Fortress of Babylon are not accessible but you can view it from the outside and we saw the Church of St. George from the outside too. If you have a special interest in the topic it would be worthwhile researching it and either seeing them by yourself or getting a tailored tour. Otherwise this brief glimpse might be all that is required.
Written April 24, 2024
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briando23
New York City, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Civilization and History in Egypt Lots of history in all the alley ways, exploring early Christian churches etc, and it's best to go with a guide, not the best signs.

It was very well maintained for the age of the buildings and alley ways.It was a very wonderful time in ancient history
Written April 16, 2024
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Alok P
Doha, Qatar12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A must see place in Cairo. Ancient historic churches and a synagogue.
Situated in Old Cairo and very accessible even by Metro.
Written March 17, 2024
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Alessia
Bern, Switzerland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Old Cairo is a such underrated city to visit! Beautiful old town with coptic churches at the Nile River. Local people are very friendly and welcoming. Unique and cozy atmosphere
Written January 16, 2024
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MCGLYNNKendal
Kendal, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Not a bad wander around some old churches n stuff. Clean and tidy and all churches/synagogues were interesting. Avoid amateur guides (again)
Written January 15, 2024
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Egypt may be an Arab republic which is Muslim majority, but Egypt is a stable enough country that religious minorities are recognized and respected. This gives me hope for the future of this country. If they are able to maintain the harmony between them, Egypt would be a model for the Arab World on how it can handle religious diversity.
Written November 26, 2023
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Fred P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Traveled with chamber of commerce group. Great trip. Well executed. Lots of security. Egyptian guide was the best.
Written November 13, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,034 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Coptic Cairo is the center of ancient Christianity in Egypt. Our tour group visited this neighborhood and went to the Hanging Church. It was raining on the day we visited, which is rare and only happens a few times a year in Cairo. Our tour guide told us that the church is said to be the location where Joseph and Mary sought refuge from King Herod when they escaped to Egypt. It was interesting to see the church.
Written November 10, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited this neighborhood together with my visit of the Citadel and 3 mosques. There is no fee to visit this neighborhood. Note the adequate signage that shows where the attractions are located.
When lost, ask the locals and Security Guards. They are kind and helpful.

There are ancient Christian Churches, a Sinagogue to visit, Bookstores, Shops and restaurants here.
Written October 21, 2023
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