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Sightseein - The Greek Church & Monastery of St. George

The Greek Church & Monastery of St. George (Mari Girguis)
The Coptic Quarter
Old Cairo (Misr El-Qadima)
Mari Girguis Metro Station

The Greek Church of St. George is one of the few remaining round churches in the east. The church was built over a rounded Roman tower, which explains its round shape. Like a number of churches in the area, this church was burnt down a number of times and was finally rebuilt in 1909. Despite the fires, the church still retains some of its exquisite original stained glass windows.

The church has a unique hall dating to the 13th Century AD, and is most famous for its beautiful external relief depicting St George and the Dragon.

The church's ownership shifted between the Copts and the Greeks a number of times over its history but has remained Greek Orthodox since the 15th century. The monastery, which is joint to the church, is now the seat of the Greek patriarchy.

The church is opened to visitors but the monastery is not.

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





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