The Babylon Fortress or Coptic Cairo is a was an ancient fortress city or building located at Heliopolite Nome, today the area is known as Coptic Cairo in Babylon. It is the first fort which was built by the Persians in 6th century BC. Basically Babylon was the name of the capital of Egypt’s neighboring country but due to the water crisis, the Roman emperor Trajan was forced to relocate the fort near the Nile River and hence came under Cairo. The important element of ancient Babylon is the canal of Heliopolis. The fortress occupies an area of 8,000 meter square, which includes buildings and gardens. It includes the stone walls of the canal, linking the Nile to the Red Sea. The Fortress consists of Coptic museum, convent and churches such as St. George church and the Hanging church. The visitors can also witness numerous churches around the Babylon Fortress. The design is simple and it holds the charm that captures the eyes. The place offers a nice trip for the visitors to enjoy the fusion of Roman and Coptic architecture.
See also : Marvel the Abdeen Palace
How to Reach:
By Metro: Mar Giris is the nearest metro station and it is just a minute walk away from there.
By Bus: Take the bus numbers 355 and 357 from Downtown to Giza Pyramids which takes 13 minutes to reach the Fortress.
Foreigners: 40 EGP
Foreign Students: 20 EGP
Egyptians: 2 EGP
Egyptian Students: 1 EGP
Timing: Stay open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (office closes at 4:00 pm).
Address: Babylon Fortress, Metro Station Mar Girgis, 3 Sharia Mar Girgis, Old Cairo."