AT EL-ASHMOUNEINMay 26, 2016
THE HANGING CHURCHMay 26, 2016
THE HOLY JOURNEY TO EGYPT - TO CAIRO
WITHIN THE AREA OF OLD CAIRO
The area now called Old Cairo known as Misr El Kadima is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still; though their stay was brief, for the Governor of what was then Fustat, enraged by the tumbling down of idols at Jesus’s approach, sought to kill the Child. But They took a shelter from his wrath in a cave above which, in later years, the church of Abu Serga (St. Sergius and Bacchus) was built.
This and the whole area of the Fort of Babylon, is a destination of pilgrimage not only for the Egyptians but for Christians from around the world.
The crypt beneath the central altar room is a traditional resting place of the Holy Family. It looks like a small church with columns dividing the space into three bays and niches in the east, north and south wall.