The Hanging Church - Coptic Cairo by Marilyn Harris

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The Hanging Church – Coptic Cairo

Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church also known as the Hanging Church (El Muallaqa), is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century AD.

The Hanging (Suspended) Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo), its nave is suspended over a passage.

The Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, as well as possibly the first built in Basilican style. It was probably built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690-92), though an earlier church building may have existed elsewhere dating as early as the 3rd or 4th century. However, the earliest mention of the church was a statement in the biography of the patriarch Joseph I (831-49), when the governor of Egypt visited the establishment.

The Hanging Church

Coptic Cairo

Old Cairo

Canon PowerShot A650IS

Shutter Speed: 1/500sec
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 80


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Retirement has made it possible for me to be more creative and what better way to enjoy being creative than photography!
I have been fortunate enough to have traveled throughout Australia, England, Ireland, Europe and Egypt, keeping my trusty camera with me at all times.

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  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Capture marylin

  • Thanks so much Maggie! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Wonderful old structure – great POV Marilyn.

  • Thanks so much Roy! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Lozzar Landscape
    Lozzar Landscapeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

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