Greek Orthodox Monastery & Church of St George
In AD 98, the Roman emperor Trajan established a fortress here, called Babylon, likely a corruption of Per-hapi-en-on (Estate of the...
Church of St Sergius & Bacchus
This is the oldest church inside the walls, built in the 11th century with 3rd- and 4th-century pillars. It honours two Syrian saints...
This museum, founded in 1908, houses Coptic art from the earliest days of Christianity in Egypt up through early Islam. It is a...
The best place to rest up after a Coptic Cairo tour, though no real local feel as it’s part of the built-for-tourists Souq al-Fustat...
Greek Orthodox Monastery & Church of St George information
The first doorway north of the museum gate leads to the Greek Orthodox Monastery and Church of St George. St George (Mar Girgis) is one of the region’s most popular Christian saints. A Palestinian conscript in the Roman army, he was executed in AD 303 for resisting Emperor Diocletian’s decree forbidding the practice of Christianity. There has been a church dedicated to him in Coptic Cairo since the 10th century; this one dates from 1909. The interior has been gutted by fires, but the stained-glass windows and blue-green tile ceiling remain bright. The neighbouring monastery is closed to visitors. The Coptic moulid (saints’ festival) of Mar Girgis is held here on 23 April. There is a small cafe next to the monastery.