Egypt Travel LinkEgypt Travel Link
Forgot password?

Activities in Cairo Churches

Cave church Cairo Egypt

Cave Church Cairo Egypt

Information about Cave church Cairo, tours, booking

Cave Church Cairo also known as Saint Simon monastery. It located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo, Egypt. In fact, the church is in an area which known as “garbage city”. It is because of the large population of garbage collectors or Zabbaleen live there. In fact, Cave Church Cairo in Egypt indeed is one of the largest churches in the country. Moreover, The Cave church Cairo is a church where 20,000-plus Christians gather every week. It is to worship and praise Jesus. Cave church Cairo is place that’s home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities.

In fact, the Zabbaleen are descendants of farmers who started migrating from Upper Egypt to Cairo. It was in the 1940. Fleeing poor harvests and poverty they came to the city looking for work. They set up makeshift settlements around the city. Moreover, they stuck to their tradition of raising pigs, goats, chickens and other animals. They found collecting and sorting of waste produced by the city residents more profitable. The Zabbaleen would sort through household garbage, salvaging and selling things of value. The organic waste provided an excellent source of food for their animals. In fact, this arrangement worked so well. The successive waves of migrants came from Upper Egypt to live and work. It was in the newly founded garbage villages of Cairo.

Further details About Cave Church Cairo:

For years, the makeshift settlements of the Zabbaleen moved around the city. They tried to avoid the municipal authorities. Moreover, a large group of Zabbaleen settled under the cliffs of the Mokattam at the eastern edge of the city. It has now grown from a population of 8,000 in the early 1980s to become 30,000 Zabbaleen inhabitants. Egypt is a Muslim majority country. Furthermore, the Zabbaleen are Coptic Christians, at least, 90 percent of them are. Christian communities are rare to find in Egypt. The Zabbaleen prefer to stay in Mokattam within their own religious community. It is even though many of them could afford houses elsewhere.

In fact, the church in Mokattam Village established in 1975. After the establishment of the Cave Church Cairo, Zabbaleen felt more secure in their location. They only then began to use more permanent building materials. It is such as stone and bricks, for their homes. They given their previous experience of eviction from Giza in 1970. Zabbaleen had lived in temporary tin huts up till that point. In 1976, a large fire broke out in Manshiyet Nasser. It led to the beginning of the construction of the first church below the Mokattam mountain. It was on a site of 1,000 square meters. Several more churches have built into the caves found in Mokattam. the Church of St. Simon is the largest with a seating capacity of 20,000. In fact, the Church of St. Simon in Mokattam is the largest church in the Middle East.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Virgin Mary Apparitions Zeitoun Cairo

Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo

Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo information, tours, prices, booking

Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo took place in Virgin Mary church Zeitoun in Cairo, Egypt. In fact, the church built in 1924 and consecrated by Athanasious, bishop of Beni Suef in 1925. It didn’t fall into the category of buildings more than 100 years old and protected by law. Moreover, Virgin Mary church Zeitoun has fine architecture and the site of an acclaimed miracle. That is why it become a popular attraction for pilgrims. People from all around the world visit the church day and night. A great deal of time and effort has gone into its restoration, which has been going on since January 2000.

Virgin Mary appeared in Zeitoun hovering above Saint Mark’s Coptic Church. It was a shrine which dedicated to the Holy family. According to tradition, they rested in that place during their stay in Egypt. The apparition took place at night. Virgin Mary always surrounded by light. The mechanics and drivers of the garage all alarmed by some disturbance in the street. It was at 8:30 PM on Tuesday 2 April 1968. It was an hour and a half after sunset. The workmen ran to the street. They saw a young lady dressed in white on the church dome. Moreover, they saw her walking on the dome. They thought that she was about to throw herself down. So they cried: “Be careful.

Further details about Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo:

Take care, you may fall down, wait”. As the dome curved, no human being can walk on it. Some of the pedestrians who stood to watch the scene cried “Virgin Mary, Virgin Mary”. The garage workmen watching Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo were all Muslims. They looked on and they all became astonished. The lady who appeared in a luminous body, moved on the dome. She bowed and knelt before the cross. The Traffic in Tumanbay Street stopped. A big crowd of people stood to watch Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo. The workmen of the garage were on duty at that time. They all gave reports that ascertained and confirmed their witness. Father Costantin, the priest of the church did his report too.

The first man who saw her is Muslim. His name is Farouk Mohammed Atwa. He was undergoing operations for a case of gangrene. Next day, he went to hospital for his scheduled operation. He certified completely healed. Thus began three years of almost nightly visits by Mary. The visits heralded by extraordinary lights and immense clouds of incense. She seen sometimes vaguely, often quite, smiling, bowing and waving an olive branch. She also seen blessing, praying , holding fast or kneeling before the cross of Her Son. Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo, often lasting throughout the night.

More details about Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo:

They photographed, televised and by millions. They written in the international secular and religious press. Moreover, they also seen by both religious and political dignitaries. They are such as Abdul Nasser, president of Egypt. Spellbound people, often rooted to the ground, prayed the Rosary and sang Christian hymns. Muslims chanted “Mary, God has chosen you above all women”. It written in the Koran. Some saw nothing. Many, many more saw it all, taking in Her radiance hour after hour. They watching and praying, going home to rest and returning. They finding y Her still there, watching and praying over them!

Pope Kyrillos VI (Cyril VI) entrusted a committee of high rank priests and bishops. It was to investigate the Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo. On Saturday, May 4, 1968, the Coptic Orthodox Church confirmed Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun. Pope Kyrillos VI also assigned documenting the apparitions and accompanying miracles to a committee. It headed by Anba Gregorios. He was the bishop of postgraduate studies, Coptic culture and scientific research. Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun also approved by the local Catholic Patriarch. Moreover, he was Cardinal Stephanos I (Stephen I). He stated that the Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun were beyond any doubt.

Further details about Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo:

They seen by many of his trustworthy Coptic Catholic children. Father Dr. Henry Ayrout was the rector of the Catholic Collège de la Sainte Famille in Cairo. He also declared his acceptance of the miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo. Furthermore, he stated that whether Catholic or Orthodox, we are all Her children and She loves us all. He also stated Her apparitions at the Zeitoun Coptic Orthodox Church confirmed this notion.Rev. Dr. Ibrahim Said was the head of all Protestant Evangelical Ministries in Egypt at the time. He affirmed that Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo were true.

Catholic nuns from the Sacred Heart church also confirmed Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo. They sent a detailed report to the Vatican. On the evening of Sunday, April 28, 1968, an envoy from the Vatican arrived. He saw Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo and sent a report to His Holiness Pope Paul VI of Rome. The incident resulted in such widespread press coverage. That is why Pope Shenouda III asked a Coptic businessman to sponsor a massive project. The project was to restore and renovate the church. The projected cost was 750,000 Egyptian pound. It included complete face-lift and restoration of the icons. Moreover, it also includes stencil decorations and the renovation of the wooden doors. It also included the iron bars on the windows. It also did the installation of new electrical and ventilation systems.

The Approval of Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo:

Virgin Mary apparitions Zeitoun Cairo approved firstly by the Patriarch of the Coptic Church in Egypt. Later on, they received approval by the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholic Cardinal Stephanos did all the investigations. He submitted them to Pope Paul VI in May 1968. Pope Paul VI approved them as a visitation of the Mother of God.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Abu Serga Church Cairo Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church Cairo

Abu Serga Church Cairo Egypt

Abu Serga Church Cairo Egypt, tours, prices, booking

Abu Serga church Cairo known as Saints Sergius and Bacchus church. In fact, Abu Serga church is a 4th century church. The church is the oldest of Cairo’s Christian Churches. Abu Serga church dedicated to two early martyrs. It built on the spot where the Holy Family rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. The family journey lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress. Abu Serga church indeed has a significant historical importance. The church is where many patriarchs of the Coptic Church elected. The first elected here was Patriarch Isaac (681-692 AC). Moreover, the church is the episcopal church of Cairo. It also was the episcopal See of Misr (the district of Old Cairo) that replaced the former See of Babylon. Many bishops consecrated in the Church until the reign of Patriarch Christodulus (1047-1077 AC).

Abu Serga church dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus. They were soldier-saints. The two saints martyred during the 4th century in Syria by the Roman Emperor, Maximilan. The building of the church constructed during the 5th century. It burned during the fire of Fustat during the reign of Marwan II around 750. In fact, Abu Serga church restored during the 8th century. Furthermore, it rebuilt and restored since medieval times. Abu Serga church still considered a model of the early Coptic Churches. Its basilica style is recognizable. Moreover, Abu Serga church resembles religious structures in Constantinople and Rome.

Further details about Abu Serga church in Cairo:

Abu Serga church has two aisles. The western return aisle along with a tripartite sanctuary measures 17 x 27 meters and 15 meters high. Within the sanctuary is an altar . The altar surmounted by a wooden canopy and supported by four pillars. On the east wall of the sanctuary rises a fine, semi-circular tribune with seven steps. There was a khurus in front of the sanctuary. It no longer exists. Khurus is a transverse room preceding the sanctuary,

The same style as the Hanging Church, two rows of six columns each separate the aisles from the nave. In addition, eleven of these unique columns with faint painted decorations. They are from marble. One is of red granite. The pulpit replaced by a copy of the Ambon (a pulpit) in St. Barbara’s Church. Some of the older wooden pulpit now are in the Coptic Museum in Cairo. A few others also are in the British Museum. Also, the oldest wooden altar in Egypt found in the Abu Serga church. It is now in the Coptic Museum.

Sanctuary iconostasis ia a screen separating the sanctuary from the rest of the church. It is which icons are usually displayed. The sanctuary is a beautiful work of art which dates to the 12th or 13th century. The several panels inlaid with ivory and ebony. Moreover, they covered in a wonderful relief that features arabesque designs. The apse encrusted with strips of marble and decorated with mosaics.

More details about Abu Serga church in Cairo:

There are some wooden panels within Abu Serga church. They are of earlier date and depict fine scenes of saints on horseback, the Nativity and the Last Supper. There are also some of other old icons that date to the 17th century. The icons show various scenes depicting the life of Christ, Virgin Mary and some of the saints. This crypt contains the remains of the original church. It is where tradition says the Holy Family lived. In fact, this area of Abu Serga church sometimes was inaccessible. This is due to the presence of subterranean water.

Moreover, this crypt under the modern sanctuary, was itself the sanctuary of Abu Serga church in Cairo. It became the crypt after the larger church built. The crypt measures six meters long, five meters wide and 2.5 meters high. Within its north, south and east walls are niches. Sometime after the crypt built, two rows of slender columns erected. The 24th day of the Coptic month called Bachons. It corresponds to the first day of June in the western calendar. On that day, the Coptic Church commemorates the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. A mass still held on that day in Abu Serga church.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Saint Barbara church Cairo Egypt

Saint Barbara church Cairo

Saint Barbara church Cairo information, tours, prices, booking

Saint Barbara church Cairo is one of the many famous Coptic Orthodox parishes in Old Cairo district. In fact, the building located on the eastern part of the Babylon Fortress. Moreover, it is indeed one of the oldest buildings in Cairo. Saint Barbara church Cairo dates back to the 5th or 6th century AD. Like many other buildings of Coptic architecture, Saint Barbara church rebuilt several times. Most by the end of the 11th Century. Saint Barbara church Cairo stands north of the Coptic Museum. It is east of the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Abu Serga) on the eastern side of Babylon Fortress. It dedicated to Abu Kir and Yohanna or St. Cyrus and St. John.

When the remains of St. Barbara brought here, a separate sanctuary built. Thus, there are now two separate Churches that built on this location. Athanasius, a wealthy scribe and a secretary built the Church. Abdel-Aziz Ibn Marwan is the governor of Egypt between 685 and 705 AD. A door found during one of the church’s many restorations could date as early as the 4th Century. In fact, between 1072 and 1073, the Church restored to house the relics of Saint Barbara. These relics remain to this day.

Further details About St. Barbara church in Cairo:

In fact, the church damaged again by another fire during the 12th century. Moreover, Saint Barbara church Cairo renovated the beginning of the 20th century. Furthermore, the Church of St. Barbara known for its many precious items. These items sent to the nearby Coptic Museum, which is only a two-minute walk from the church. Basilican structure and tripartite sanctuary of the church resembles the one of Abu Serga. Nearby there is a convent which comprises several buildings. It includes a school built by the well known architect Ramses Wissa Wassef. In fact, Saint Barbara Church Cairo has been a long-lasting example of ancient Coptic architecture. It resembles the shape of ancient Basilicas. Moreover, it comprises an entrance, a narthex, a long nave, several aisles and three sanctuaries.

Most other Coptic Orthodox Churches have more than one Sanctuary. The middle sanctuary is the one of main importance which dedicated to St. Barbara. After entering from the narthex’s lobby, there are five marble columns. They separate the nave from the two aisles. In front of the middle sanctuary there is a semi-circular choir, which consists of 7 large steps. There are several other icons on the southern aisle of the church. They representing Virgin Mary and Jesus when he was a child. They also represent Jesus entering Jerusalem and the baptism of Christ.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Saint George church Cairo

Saint George church Cairo

Saint George church Cairo information, tours, prices, booking

Saint George church Cairo in Old Cairo is a Greek Orthodox Church. In fact, the church is one of the few round churches still in existence in the East. Moreover, it formed from it’s placement atop a rounded Roman tower. The Holy Family said to have taken shelter in a place now covered by Saint George church Cairo. There is a long set of steps. In fact, it leads up to Saint George church Cairo. They built on the outer wall of the Roman towers. As one ascend these steps, he will find a relief of Saint George. He will find also the dragon wrapped around the outer brickwork of the tower. Saint George church Cairo burned many times. In fact, t burnt in 1904 and the current structure built in 1909. It still has some of the older structure’s beautiful stained-glass windows.

In fact, for centuries, the church alternated between ownership by the Copts and the Greek. Since the 15th century it remained Greek Orthodox. The original Church of Saint George burnt. It was indeed one of the most beautiful and richest in the Roman Fortress of Babylon. In fact, the earliest church built in 684 by Athanasius, who was a wealthy scribe. During the Papacy of Pope Gabriel the relics of the saint relocated to the present church in Old Cairo. Moreover, next door is the Monastery of St. George. It is now the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. Furthermore, the monastery rarely admits tourists. The image of Saint George is a Roman soldier. In fact, it mounted on a fine Arabian horse and spearing a dragon. In fact, it is a familiar one throughout Old Cairo. It is where two facilities dedicated to him.

Further details about Saint George church Cairo:

Throughout the Christian East, Saint George is indeed the most popular warrior-saint. In the Coptic Churches of Cairo there are now more than twenty relics of the equestrian saint. The Coptic biography of Saint George does not mention his flight and victory over the dragon. Around 14 century this theme was a transferal from the biography of St. Theodore to Saint George. Though it is also possible that the Christians adopted this tale from the Western Christians. In fact, the origin of Saint George monastery located in Old Cairo. Moreover, it called Deir Al Banat which means Monastery of the Girls. The foundation of the structure dates back to 7 or 8 century. Today, the monastery is the home of about forty religious women. The place of Saint George church Cairo dates back to Mamluk era. It transformed into a church in the fourteenth or fifteenth century.

Here, Saint George’s icon venerated. The large room with an anteroom separated from the chapel by a double door of surprising height. It measures some seven meters. The nuns in charge of Saint George church Cairo features an iron collar and chain. The chain is about 4.2 meters long. In fact, it attached to the south wall of the inner room of the shrine. The chain applied to women. Men sometimes seek the blessings of the saint through the chain. Saint George church Cairo has the iron chain which the saint torture with before his martyrdom. Visitors to Saint George church Cairo love to put the chain on their necks and wind it around their body. They also kiss it piously and offer prayers to Saint George to be in a state of an exceptional grace.

More details about Saint George church Cairo:

In the Middle East they believe that the chains of Saint George posses miraculous powers. It cure the demon-possessed and paralytics. Moreover, it also cures anxiety neuroses, conversion hysteria, obsessional neuroses and even schizophrenic psychoses. The origins of the Coptic attachment to the chains of Saint George are in the Byzantine tradition. Furthermore, the chains of Saint George used to tie up those suffering from nervous disorders. It also used for anxiety neuroses, conversion hysteria and obsessional neuroses. Moreover, it also used even for schizophrenic psychoses. Today, large numbers of Christians and even Muslims visit the Shrine of the Chains of Saint George in the Convent. They do that on Fridays and Sundays.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Hanging Church Cairo Egypt

Hanging church Cairo Egypt

The Hanging Church Cairo Egypt information, tours, prices, booking

The Hanging Church Cairo indeed is Cairo’s most famous Coptic church. In fact, it first built in the 3rd or 4th century AC. The Hanging Church Cairo known as El Muallaqa church and it is Virgin Mary’s church. In fact, the Hanging Church Cairo named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress. Babylon Fortress is Roman fortress in Old Cairo. Its nave suspended over a passage. Moreover, The church approached by 29 steps. Early travelers to Cairo dubbed it “the Staircase Church”. The land surface has risen by some 6 meters. It is since the Roman period. The Roman tower buried below ground. It reduces the visual impact of the church’s elevated position. The entrance to the church from the street is through iron gates. In fact, it under a pointed stone arch.

The nineteenth century facade with twin bell towers seen beyond a narrow courtyard. Moreover, it decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard. It leads to the eleventh century outer porch. In fact, the church built in Basilican style. Furthermore, it built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690-92). An earlier church building may have existed elsewhere dating as early as the 3rd or 4th century. An earliest mention of the church was a statement in the biography of the Patriarch Joseph I (831-49). It was when the governor of Egypt visited the establishment. Hanging Church rebuilt by the Pope Abraham (975-78). There are many other restorations including one recently.

Further details about The Hanging church in Cairo:

The objects of historical interest that were no longer of service went to the Coptic Museum. By the 11th century AC, The Hanging Church Cairo served as the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria. In fact, it based in Alexandria, Egypt. The ruling powers moved away from Alexandria to Cairo. It was after the Arab invasion of Egypt during Pope Christodolos’s. Cairo became the fixed and official house of the Coptic Pope at The Hanging Church Cairo in Cairo in 1047. Infighting between Abu Serga church and The Hanging Church Cairo broke out. It was due to that patriarch’s desire. It was to consecrated in The Hanging Church Cairo. In fact, The Hanging Church Cairo has 110 icons. The oldest of them dates back to the 8th century and most of them date back to the 18th century.

Nakhla Al-Baraty Bey gave some of them as gifts in 1898. It was when he was the overseer of the church. The iconostasis of the central sanctuary made of ebony inlaid with ivory. Moreover, it surmounted by icons of Virgin Mary and the Twelve Apostles. The main altar screen also made of ebony inlaid with ivory. Furthermore, it carved into segments. It shows several Coptic Cross designs that date back to around the 12th or 13th century. Over the altar screen the central one of which Christ seated on the Throne. In fact, it lies a long row of seven large icons. Moreover, on one side, the icons of the Virgin Mary, Archangel Gabriel and St. Peter lined up. On the other, icons of St. John the Baptist, Archangel Michael and St. Paul.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral Egypt

Cairo St. Mark Cathedral Egypt

Information about Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral, tours, Booking

Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral is a Coptic Orthodox cathedral. The cathedral located in Abbassia district in Cairo, Egypt. Moreover, it is the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. In fact, Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral built during the time when Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria was Pope. Moreover, he was Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Furthermore, Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral inaugurated by Pope Cyril in 1968. In fact, the land where the Cathedral stands was for centuries as a cemetery for the Christians. This land also had the historic Anba Rouis church. However, the land had given to the Coptic Orthodox Church in 969 by Gawhar. It given as a replacement for the land that taken from the church. It taken to include in building the Palace of al-Muizz Li-Deenillah.

In fact, During the twelfth century the area contained ten Coptic Churches. Furthermore, on 18 February 1280 the churches destroyed by the persecutors of the Christians. It was during the rule of Sultan Qalawun. Furthermore, two Churches built in the area under the rule of his son. In addition, in 1943 the govern-orate of Cairo attempted to expropriate the area for public use. This opposed by the General Congregation Council. He led by its secretary at the time Mr. Habib Elmasry their successful campaign. Finally, they proved that Coptic Church maintained control of the land. In fact, it was under the condition that a non-profit building built on it for following fifteen years. Thus, this condition spurred the building of the cathedral.

Further details about St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo:

Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral is indeed a unique example of architectural evolution. It also includes seven churches. Furthermore, some of them have a great historic value such as Anba Rouis Church. Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral also represents the rapid development of Coptic architecture. Moreover, the famous Coptic civil engineer Michel Bakhoum contributed in its structural design. It has a capacity for 5,000 worshipers. The Roman Catholic pontiff of the time, Pope Paul VI, returned part of St. Mark’s relics. It was before the completion of Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral. They taken from Egypt in the year 828 to Venice, Italy. These relics taken to the constructed Cathedral. They placed in a built shrine decorated with Coptic icons. Moreover, they still remain there today.

In fact, the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark is by far the largest Cathedral in Africa and the Middle East. The inauguration of the new Cairo Saint Mark Cathedral took place on June 25, 1968. The cathedral was in a ceremony which attended by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It also attended by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Moreover, it also attended by other foreign clergy members from other churches. It was the seat of the Coptic Pope, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. He was Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and the Seat of St. Mark.

Nearby attractions Information, tours and Online Booking

More of Coptic Egypt

More of Egypt attractions

MORE
error: Copyright © www.etltravel.com !