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.
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.