Church of St Sergius and Bacchus, Cairo

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Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century.
Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church is traditionally believed to have been built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. They may have lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress.
The church is of significant historical importance, and in fact, it is where many patriarchs of the Coptic Church were elected. The first to be elected here was Patriarch Isaac (681-692) It is the episcopal church of Cairo, and it was the episcopal See of Masr (the district of Old Cairo) that replaced the former See of Babylon. Many bishops of the See were consecrated in the Church until the reign of Patriarch Christodulus (1047–1077).
The church is dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus, who were soldier-saints martyred during the 4th century in Syria by the Roman Emperor Maximian. The most interesting feature is the crypt where Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are said to have rested. The crypt is 10 meters deep and, when Nile levels are high, is often flooded.
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  • This is the oldest church in Coptic Cairo. Inside are 2 columns representing the 12 apostles which separate the nave room form the aisles. Supposedly the cave inside hosted the holy family in their...  more »
  • Although archaeologists disagree on the exact age of the Church of St Sergius and Bacchus, it is still considered to be the oldest Coptic Church in Cairo. The church sits on 3rd-4th century pillars...  more »
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  • Very nice church and filled with history. Good to walk around the different rooms and alleyways
  • It's unique church and very famous to have the crypt where the holy family stayed
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