Coptic Orthodox Church

Port Said

The impressive Coptic Orthodox Church of St Bishoi of the Virgin is one of a cluster of churches on and around Sharia Salah Salem. It's famed for its icon of St Mary which is claimed to produce holy oil. Unfortunately, due to security issues, the church is often locked outside of service times.

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Nearby Port Said attractions

1. Franciscan Compound


This building once served as home to Port Said's community of Franciscan monks. It's not open to the public but you can admire its typically European…

2. Italian Consulate

0.15 MILES

The old Italian consulate building, erected in the 1930s, is adorned with an engraved piece of the propaganda of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini: ‘Rome …

3. Old Canal Shipping Agency Building

0.29 MILES

Once one of Port Said's grand and important buildings, the old Canal Shipping Agency building is a faded, peeling and beaten-up shell of what it was in…

4. Bible Society Building


This set of rather grand archways looming over the pavement on Sharia Al Gomhuriyya announce what was once the entrance to the Bible Society building…

5. Simon Arzt Department Store Building


Despite the smashed windows and years of neglect, the art deco finesse of this building still shines through. Built in the early 1920s, this was Port Said…

6. Woolworth's Building

0.47 MILES

The old and decrepit Woolworth's building on Sharia Memphis is one of Port Said's most lovely, rickety colonial remnants.

7. Stone Plinth

0.52 MILES

At the very northern end of Sharia Palestine is this large stone plinth that once held a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps, until it was torn down in 1956…

8. Military Museum

0.55 MILES

This little museum is worth a peek for its information on the canal and also for some rather bizarre exhibits (including toy soldiers) documenting the…