To mark the Holy Family's flight to Egypt on 1 June, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching a virtual tour of Abu Serga’s Church.
The Church of Saint Sergius and Bacchus, also known as Abu Serga, is built on an ancient Roman fort in Old Cairo. The history of the church is still being debated. Some scholars believe it dates to the late fourth to early fifth centuries AD, while others believe it should approximately be dated back to the 17th century AD.
The church has acquired a prominent religious status among Coptic churches because it is associated with the Holy Family's journey in Egypt. It is named after renowned early fourth century AD saints, Sergius and Bacchus, both of whom were martyred at El-Resafa in Syria for their Christian beliefs.
Like various early Christian churches, the Church of Abu Serga and its underground cave are designed in the basilica layout, and thus together consist of three parts: the narthex, nave, and sanctuary (the cave being below the sanctuary). The church is characterised by its unique architectural and artistic elements that reflect the spirit of Coptic churches' architecture in Egypt. These include the pulpit, baptismal font, inlaid ivory and wood templon, and unique religious decoration of the saints and apostles decorating the various domes, walls and columns.
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