The Hanging Church

the hanging church | Egypt Travel Guide


If you are planning your trip to Egypt you must include a visit to The Hanging Church (Church of the Holy Virgin Mary) is the most famous site in Coptic Cairo, known by The Hanging Church. Its name comes from the fact that it was built on top of the walls of the 4th century B.C Roman fortress of Babylon, the remains of which are still visible about Coptic Cairo.


The Hanging Church dates back from the 9th century and is usually visited within any of Cairo Day Tours, but the site is thought to have first been occupied by the church as early as the 3rd century A.D, making it one of the oldest Christian religious sites in Egypt. It is considered to be the most beautiful of the old churches in the area.


Coptic Cairo is a unique area that has a concentration of Christian churches and other sites date back from the centuries between the decline of the pharaonic religion and the arrival of Islam when Egypt had Christian majority. Coptic Cairo is mostly built around the fort of Babylon upon the remains of its walls.

Egypt Travel Packages Including the Hanging Church:
Cairo and the Nile by Air 8 Days 7 Nights
Cairo and Alexandria Tour 5 Days 4 Nights
Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh Tour 7 Days 6 Nights
Cairo Sightseeing Tour to The Egyptian Museum, Coptic and Islamic


The Coptic Museum which have the largest collection of Coptic Christian artwork and artifacts in the world. Founded in 1910, the museum records Coptic history from the arrival of Christianity in Egypt to the Ottoman era, displaying a mixture of artwork influenced by Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman traditions.


There are six other churches here that date back to the early Christian Era. The Hanging Church Deeper into Coptic Cairo there are several other older churches, including the Church of St. Sergius, which dates from the 5th century and was built upon the site of a crypt where the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) to shelter during their time in Egypt. Ben Ezra Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Cairo, founded in the 9th century on the site of the Temple of Jeremiah.