Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church is known as the Hanging church (Al-Muallaqqah in Arabic language) and considered as the oldest church in the area of Al-Fusat. It is a famous Coptic church built in the period of 3rd century AD in a Basilican style. It is located above the gatehouse of Babylon Fortress (the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo). This was built on the ruins of two old towers which were the remains of an old fortress called the Fortress of Babylon. The hanging church has 32 steps and 110 portraits and one of the oldest portraits is ‘Coptic Mona Lisa’ of 8th century AD. There are three sanctuaries with altars at the eastern side of the church during the period of 12th century. Amongst this, the center one dedicated to Virgin Mary, the left one to St. George and the right one to St. John. These sanctuaries are made by wood decorated with ivory and engraved with geometric designs as well as crosses. These are the effort of an Armenian artist and Orhan Karabedian. The 32 giant steps of the church serve an important attraction and great enjoyment for the visitors.
See also : Relax in the gardens of Al-Azhar park
How to Reach:
By Metro: The nearest metro station is Mar Girgis Station and church is in front of the station.
By Bus: Take the bus numbers 355 and 357 from Downtown to Hanging Church which takes 18 minutes to reach.
Tickets: No entrance fee.
Timings: Opens daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Address: Hanging church (El Muallaa, sitt Mariam, St Mary), Shar’a Mari Giris Street, Cairo, Egypt."