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Called the hanging Church because it was once positioned over the gatehouse to the Coptic quarters.
The Coptic hanging church is the oldest church I have visited, dating back to the 7th century. Some parts of the church have been carbon dated, the most recent revealing first construction around 2nd century BC.
It’s clear this church has been around in some form for a very long time.
The courtyard and church have a distinctly Arabic feel with intricate wooden carvings, aprons and balconies.
Unlike the Church of St. George, this one is entirely Coptic.
Inside the Church
Inside you can find 110 icons dedicated to the Christian faith most of them dating back to the 18th Century some going back as far as the 8th century, it is said this church is one of the earliest examples of Basilica style architecture.
There are continuous tour groups moving through, although this does little to spoil the over-all atmosphere which is made in the upwards direction;
- Admire the wooden timber beams which have made up the construct for many centuries.
- The use of the Basilica Style to bring light into the structure.
- The ornately structured chandeliers.
all make for a warmth of style in keeping with Arabic, European and Christian decorations and considerations.
A pleasure to be in and around.
Weblinks: The Hanging Church website – Find out more about the hanging church, history and visiting times.