Panorama of the Week: The Hanging Church of Coptic Cairo

Coptic Cairo. The name alone exudes ancient, mysterious, almost mystical. People still live, work and worship in the same place as they have for thousands of years. It’s a humbling walk back in time in this secluded Old Cairo neighborhood, whose tranquility belies the 22-million strong bustle of modern Cairo just outside.

One of the highlights of Coptic Cairo: The Hanging Church, suspended above firm ground on palm tree trunks connecting two ancient Roman fortress towers. Although the church has been renovated and rebuilt throughout the centuries to its current form, the original structure dates all the way back to the 3rd century.

Open the 360-degree panorama below and try to imagine the light from prayer candles and the scent of aging wood. Be sure to look up at the roof — in the shape of an inverted Noah’s Ark, spilling over to walls covered with more than 100 original icons whose ages span more than 1,000 years from the 8th to 18th centuries.

An old place. A beautiful place.

360-Degree Panorama: Inside the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo

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  1. says

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the view. I don’t think I visited here while in Cairo. Did you all have a chance to go to the Coptic “Garbage City” in Mokattam while you were there? If you go to the back, there is an amazing church with ampitheatre and Biblical scenes and passages carved into the sides of cliffs. It’s such a beautiful reward after driving through one-lane mud alleys of such a sad community. Thanks again for sharing — looking forward to seeing more highlights from the trip.

  2. says

    @Ellen: We didn’t visit the Coptic “Garbage City” during this trip to Cairo, but I will add it to the list for when we return. Sounds like a rather emotional visit. We look forward to sharing more from our Egypt trip!

  3. says

    @Erica: Aww, you’re too kind! Loved having you with us when we did shoot this panorama! Sorry we had to move you out of the way to avoid having you as a “ghost” :)

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