Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coptic Cairo

The Hanging Church (al-Mu'allaqa)
Originating in the 4th century, the Hanging Church was built over the southern Gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its treasures include a 14th-century wall-painting of the Nativity.
Church of St. Sergius and St.Bacchus
A 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family are believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.
Church of St. Mercurius (Abu Sefein)
A unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons representing scenes from the Old and New Testaments, wall paintings and stained glass.
The Convent of St.George(Mari Girgis)
In the oldest part of Cairo, the chapel is reached through a Fatimid hallway and contains the relics of St.George in a cedarwood casket.
The Coptic Museum
The finest collection of Coptic art and antiquities in the world, including illuminated manuscripts, icons and textiles.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pharaonic Cairo

The Great Pyramid
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, King Cheops' pyramid was built c. 2650 BC
The Solar Barque of King Cheops
A cedar-wood craft built to take the pharaoh through the underworld
The Sphinx
Scared symbol face of a man and lion body
The royal burial-ground during the Old Kingdom(2705-2155 BC)
The Mastabas of Mereruka, Ti and Ptah-Hotep
Carved and painted tombs vividly illustrate everyday life more than 5,000 years ago
The Step Pyramid
The first proper pyramid, built for King Zoser in the 27th-century BC the architect Imhotep
One of the oldest cities on earth, legendary Memphis was the capital of ancient Egypt throughout the Old Kingdom.
The Egyptian Museum
One of the world's most famous museums. The magnificent collection of antiquities includes mummies, sarcophagi and the fabulous treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb.
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