St Virgin Mary church is the oldest church in Egypt. It was built to honor the mother of Jesus. At the beginning of the church construction, it was known with many names as Meniet El Sudan, Bustan El Adawia and El Martouti. There is a rumor that a miraculous event happened on the 12th of March in 1976 where a holy book was opened on the verse of Isaiah stating “Blessed be Egypt my People“. The church of St Virgin Mary is one of the most important Coptic sites in Egypt. Here is all information you need to know about St Virgin Mary church:
St Virgin Mary Church
History of St Virgin Mary Church
The church was constructed around the 10th century AD to be the home of Coptic worship in the area. In 1321 the church was destroyed and after it’s rebuilt it became the main stay of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria. St Virgin Mary Church was the place where Jesus and his mother begin their journey heading south to Upper Egypt by a boat. Egyptian Coptic considers the church the most important sacred place.
Location of St Virgin Mary Church
Located just on the east bank of the Nile, 13 km south of downtown, St Virgin Mary Church is situated at an area called Maadi which means “The Crossing Point“. Nowadays the church is located at the heart of Cairo city surrounded by modern tall buildings.
Architecture of St Virgin Mary Church
St Virgin Mary Church has three marvelous domes situated on the three altars at the east. You will see an entrance that leads to the corridor to the inside of the building where the nave consists of ancient carvings and drawings like the ancient wall of water and the altar screen. The chapel in the church also contains four boxes holding the relics of the saints as well as an original copy of the holy bible that was believed to be found floating on the Nile river. The church also has a number of amazing chambers such as the Baptistery, the ancient tunnel and the steps of the Holy Mother and Son.
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What Should I Wear While Being in Egypt?
You should wear whatever you want. It is advised to wear something light from cotton or linen, comfortable and put on sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the sandy terrain.
What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?
You should bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you not used to the Egyptian sun &pack everything you could ever need and put in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
Yes, it is available all years. as the Nile from Aswan to Luxor takes three to four days of sailing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the total cost of 600$ and the Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan take four to five days in Saturday, Monday and Thursday for the coast of 650$.
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Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to egypt, You will feel secure in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is very peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt and construct an entire environment dedicated for ensuring the lives of all tourists.
What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
They are very simples, If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries(check the link), have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD entry fee in cash. As for the E-Visa for 30 days, you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could be one of the countries eligible for a free visa for 90 days.
What is the Weather is Like?
The temperature of Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c, Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 23 ¡ÆC in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 32 ¡ÆC in the summertime while the temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
It is totally up to you, but if you choose to you can tip the servers at your restaurant 5-10% by handing it to them directly and 5 Egyptian Pounds as a general tip of anyone.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
Yes, you can enter the pyramids for the small fee of 20$.
How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.