The Coptic Quarter
Old Cairo (Misr El-Qadima)
Mari Girguis Metro Station
If you have already been around other parts of
Cairo, you will find that the Coptic Quarter has a
very different feel. Built on and around the site
where Roman Emperor Trojan built the fortress of
Babylon in AD 98, this part of the city predates the
founding of Cairo by the Fatimids, after the Arab
conquest of Egypt.
The Coptic Quarter was so called because of the
settlement of Coptic Christians in the area after the
fortress was built. Today the quarter retains its name
because almost all of Cairo's Coptic monuments are
found in this quarter including the famous Hanging
Church and St. George's Church. Also in the quarter is
the Coptic Museum, which displays numerous Coptic
relics from different chapters of Egypt's history.
The Coptic Quarter is characterized by it
narrow allies and semi-underground pedestrian paths.
Although quite a tourist attraction, this part of
Cairo always seems less noisy and more relaxed.
Your visit to the Coptic Quarter is not
complete unless you enter some of the monuments and
churches. Plan one day for your tour of the Coptic
Quarter. If you decide to visit the churches, please
make sure you are appropriately dressed. As in all
other places of worship, modest dress is required.