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Hanging Church (Al-Muallaqa)
Hanging Church (Al-Muallaqa)

Hanging Church (Al-Muallaqa)

Free admission
Open Daily 9am - 4pm
Sharia Mar Girgis, Cairo

The basics

A popular stop on tours of Coptic Cairo—also called Old Cairo—the Hanging Church is one of the city’s most important Christian landmarks. For visitors unfamiliar with Coptic art, architecture, and traditions, visiting with a tour guide can be very helpful, as the interior of the church is rich in symbolism and history. The Coptic Mass is held here on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and is open to visitors.

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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra
Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra
$74.82 per adult
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Cairo Coptic Church Tour
This was a great tour. The artwork is fantastic! The guide was professional and very knowledgeable. The lunch was very good. Unfortunately the Ben Ezra Church is permanently closed. Viatar should update the Tour description to remove this church. We did visit St. George's Church instead.
James_T, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Highly recommend
WE_AZUSA, Jul 2021
Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra
Highly recommend this tour! Gives a better understanding of the religious history of Egypt. The driver and guide were on top of everything from start to finish.
star-4
Just the highlights
Happiness562385, Nov 2019
Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo
Good fast trip of the highlights of Cairo. If you've got one day see to it all, this is your trip. If you've got more time you can spend a day in the museum and a day at the market.
star-5
Giza pyramids, Hanging Church, Citadel
AnneValrie_A, Aug 2019
Giza Pyramids, Alabaster Mosque, Hanging Church Private Tour
very passionnate guide, an interesting tour It was a wonderful journey, we enjoy every moment of it.
star-5
Very happy and highly recommend
Joseph_D, Jul 2021
Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra
This Coptic tour was recommended to us by our friends in Cairo. We couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. Tarek was so knowledgeable and explained so much to us. We wanted to learn some history of the Coptic Church and its importance to Egypt. We like walking tours and seeing beautiful architecture. We felt very safe being driven in a comfortable clean large van by Arfar. When we went to the walled-in scenic area, including the churches and museums, we walked. For about two peaceful hours, we went in and out of a couple churches and a synagogue. The significance of architectural detail was explained to us, as well as descriptions of current rituals and past events on the sights. There were opportunities to shop, but it was not as hectic as the market we attended on a prior day. One could quietly purchase a souvenir from church gift shops if desired. All our questions were answered patiently, along the way. Tarek walked at a slow pace so that we did not overheat in the Cairo sun. He was intuitive to our interests and slowed down at things we were most interested in. The museum was a treat because you were free to take more pictures there. (A very few times, photos were not an option.) The artifacts and even just the design of the museum is beautiful as well as fascinating. Artifacts included paintings, mosaic, papyrus, wooden items, pottery and more. The museum had restrooms which were clean. We brought our own water bottles (vital!) so we didn’t need to look for refreshment along the tour, and we somehow missed the fact that lunch would be provided. We were very pleasantly surprised that lunch came at the end of the tour, and it was delicious. The restaurant was very nicely decorated, and very clean. We had such a pleasant time, chatting over lunch, and I was so happy that we had this tour recommended to us.
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Things to know before you go

  • The Hanging Church is a must-see for history buffs and travelers interested in Egypt’s religious traditions.
  • Photography is not allowed inside of the church.
  • The church has steep stairs and is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • There is no fee to enter the church.
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How to get there

The Hanging Church is located on Mari Gerges in Coptic Cairo, a short distance from the Mar Girgis subway station that’s served by the M1 line. If you’re visiting as part of a tour, transport will be taken care of. Otherwise, taxis are plentiful; be sure to agree on a fare before setting out.

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When to get there

Coptic Mass at the Hanging Church is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. Visitors are welcome during church services, but it’s worth visiting at a different time if you’re hoping to explore the interior. The Hanging Church is open daily, but hours vary.

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Top Churches in Coptic Cairo

This compact area is packed with Christian landmarks, and it’s well worth visiting a few Coptic Cairo churches. After the Hanging Church, head to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, then the Church of St Sergius and Bacchus. Next, tour the historic Ben Ezra Synagogue, built on the place where the baby Moses is believed to have been found.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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