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Sightseein - The Church of Abu Serga

The Church of Abu Serga
The Coptic Quarter
Old Cairo (Misr El-Qadima)
Mari Girguis Metro Station

Supposedly built on the site of the crypt which is said to have sheltered the Holy Family during its flight from King Herod, the Church of Abu Sega is dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus, two soldier-saints martyred during the 4th century in Syria.

The original building is believed to have been built during the 5th century. It was later burnt down and restored in the 8th century and has been rebuilt and restored on several occasions since medieval times. Despite constant restoration, the Church of Abu Serga is still considered one of the models of early Coptic architecture, also resembling some churches of Constantinople and Rome.

The main attraction in the church is the crypt, which contains the remains of the original church where tradition says the Holy Family lived. Originally this crypt was the sanctuary, but became the crypt after the larger church was built. The crypt is 10 meters deep and is often flooded when the Nile water level is high. The Flight into Egypt is celebrated on June 1st with a commemorative mass.

Plan one day for your tour of the Coptic Quarter, including the Church of Abu Serga. As in all other places of worship, modest dress is required.





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