Cairo is the Christian center of the modern city, and churches
of great antiquity still stand here.
of the most impressive is the Hanging church (al-Mu'allaqa),
so called because of its position suspended over the south
gate of the fort.
original church on this site was founded during the fourth
century; the current building may date from as early as the
seventh century, but it was rebuilt in 977AD and heavily restored
in the nineteenth century.
was badly damaged in the 1992 earthquake, which affected many
of Cairo's medieval buildings, and both it and the nearby
Coptic museum are still covered in scaffolding.
church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, contains an eleventh-century
pulpit, a thirteenth-century ebony and ivory screen and many
medieval icons and murals, the oldest of which dates from
the eighth century. Many of the artifacts from this church
are displayed in the Coptic Museum.