The Hanging Church

The Hanging Church


This church was known as the” Hanging Church“ because it was built over the ruins of Old Cairo‘s Roman fort, and situated near the Coptic Museum.

          The church is made up of a court divided into four wings separated by three rows of marble columns. A wooden semi-circular vaults covers the main court. The church also contains an inscribed granite baptismal tank and a marble pulpit carried upon ten columns decorated with mosaic. The pulpit dates to the eleventh century AD.

          The east side houses five alters surmounted by wooden domes. The church's ceiling was made to look like Noah's Ark. The Hanging Church is famous for the icons that decorate its walls. The oldest dates to the fifteenth century AD, while most of the rest date to the end of the eighteenth century AD.