CAIRO, Oct. 7 (SEE) – Hanging Church is the oldest in the area of El-Fustat at old cairo.
It’s known as “El-Muallaka” because it was built on the ruins of two old towers that remained from an old fortress called the “Fortress of Babylon”. It was dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St. Dimiana.
Hanging Church played an important role in the history of the Coptic Church. It became the seat of the Patriarchs after transferring from Alexandria to El-Fustat.
It consists of three elements: entrance known as the ”Narthex”, nave and three sanctuaries.
There are 7 altars in the Church, 3 of them located in the main sanctuary, and 3 in the right sanctuary. The Hanging Church has 110 icons dates back to the 8th century.
The “iconostasis” of the central sanctuary is made of ebony inlaid with ivory, and is surmounted by icons of the Virgin Mary and the Twelve Apostles.
The main altar screen is made of ebony inlaid with ivory that is carved into segments showing several Coptic Cross designs that date back to around the 12th or 13th century.
Some steps lead to the middle entrance. On both sides of this entrance there is a door that leads to 2 upper floors, dedicated to the dwelling of the priest.
In front of entrance, a vestibule was used as a resting place for visitors.