There are a lot of churches in Egypt but there is nothing that can come close to the Hanging Church. The church of the Virgin Mary is known by the hanging church because it was built on top of a 4th century BC southern wall of a Roman fortress of Babylon. The church is also referred to as the suspended church or Al-Moallaqa. The church dates back to the 5th century AD and from the 7th century to the 13th century AD, it served as the residence of the Coptic patriarch and was the witness to many historically decisive events like general elections and religious ceremonies, which makes it one of the oldest and important Christian landmarks in Egypt.
The Construction of the Hanging Church
The first construction of the church was using logs of palm trees and layers of stones above the ruins of the ancient Roman fortress and also contains a wooden roof in the shape of Noah’s ark. The hanging church is currently 30 feet above the ground resting on 15 gracile columns which made it tower all of its surroundings back in the day. The hanging church was motived and enlarged over the years. The main entrance contains iron gates under a pointed stone arch and two twin bell towers that can be seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with artistic biblical designs.
The Interior of the Hanging Church
The church contains 110 icons representing the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, St Peters, and many archangels like Gabriel and Michael, the oldest icon dates back to the 8th century. The main altar is made of ebony inlaid with ivory and showing in craved Coptic cross designs that date back to the 12th or 13th centuries. The entire interior of the church is covered with bone and ivory inlaid designs that are heavily influenced by the geometric forms of Islamic art.
Tours to the Hanging Church
For all these reasons alone, this church is indeed the most beautiful of all and every traveler shouldn’t miss such a place during their holiday in Egypt. If you are in Cairo and prefer to visit the hanging church, then our Egypt private tours are your best choice to explore everything Egypt has to offer in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan.