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The Hanging (The Suspended) Church



 The Hanging (The Suspended) Church  - An excursion in Cairo, Egypt
Known in Arabic as al-Muallaqah ("The Suspended"), the Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic church in Cairo. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Hanging Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of the Roman fortress in Old Cairo.
The Hanging Church was built in the 7th century, probably on the site of a 3rd or 4th century church for the soldiers of the bastion. It has been rebuilt several times since then, including a major rebuild under Patriarch Abraham in the 10th century. The main furnishings - the pulpit and screens - date from the 13th century. By the 11th century A.D., the church served as the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria. As ruling powers moved away from Alexandria to Cairo after the Arab invasion of Egypt, Cairo became the fixed and official residence of the Coptic Pope at the Hanging Church in Cairo in 1047.
Entrance to the Hanging Church is via a beautifully-decorated gate on Shar'a Mari Girgis Street. This leads into an open courtyard, flanked by mosaics, from which there are 29 steps to the church. At the top of the stairs are three wooden doors decorated with geometric patterns, framed with decorative carvings in the stone wall.
The Hanging Church remains one of the most impressive churches in the city, remarkable for its marble pulpit, inlaid screens, icons and murals. The timber roof of the nave recalls Noah's Ark. The 11th-century marble pulpit surmounts 13 graceful pillars, representing Jesus and the 12 disciples. As customary in Coptic churches, one of the pillars is black, representing Judas, and another is grey, for doubting Thomas. Its steps are carved with a shell and a cross.


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