Details of one of the external walls of the Hanging Church in Cairo, in Arabic this church is known as al-Muallaqah (the Susupended One)

Details of one of the external walls of the Hanging Church in Cairo, in Arabic this church is known as al-Muallaqah (the Susupended One)

Facade of the entrance door to the courtyard of the church - this coptic church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary

Facade of the entrance door to the courtyard of the church - this coptic church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary

Wooden door at the entrance of the church - the name

Wooden door at the entrance of the church - the name "Hanging Church" refers to the location of this building above the gatehouse of an old Babylon Fortress

Ceiling of the small porch beside the front door - the church at this site dates from the 7th century but there may have been another church at this site from 3rd/4th century AD

Ceiling of the small porch beside the front door - the church at this site dates from the 7th century but there may have been another church at this site from 3rd/4th century AD

Long courtyard and staircase of the church - since the 11th century, the Hanging Church became the official residence of the Coptic patriarchs of Alexandria

Long courtyard and staircase of the church - since the 11th century, the Hanging Church became the official residence of the Coptic patriarchs of Alexandria

This mosaic is created on one of the internal walls of the courtyard - it depicts Joseph and Mary fetching water while baby Jesus sits in the background

This mosaic is created on one of the internal walls of the courtyard - it depicts Joseph and Mary fetching water while baby Jesus sits in the background

Another mosaic on the wall - the whole courtyard is flanked by beautiful mosaics

Another mosaic on the wall - the whole courtyard is flanked by beautiful mosaics

There are 29 steps which bring visitors to the main door of the church where prayers are held

There are 29 steps which bring visitors to the main door of the church where prayers are held

It became known to travelers during the 14th and 15th centuries as the

It became known to travelers during the 14th and 15th centuries as the "staircase church"

Looking back at the courtyard while standing in front of the door to prayer room

Looking back at the courtyard while standing in front of the door to prayer room

When I visited this site, there was a ongoing prayer inside the church and door was closed for the visitors

When I visited this site, there was a ongoing prayer inside the church and door was closed for the visitors

Courtyard of the church seen from the top of the staircase - this church measures 23.5 meters long, 18.5 meters wide and 9.5 meters high

Courtyard of the church seen from the top of the staircase - this church measures 23.5 meters long, 18.5 meters wide and 9.5 meters high

A mosaic in one corner of the courtyard

A mosaic in one corner of the courtyard

Interior of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church in Cairo - this Coptic church is also called Abu Serga Church

Interior of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church in Cairo - this Coptic church is also called Abu Serga Church

This church dates back to the 4th century, thus making it the oldest church in Cairo (Old Fustat)

This church dates back to the 4th century, thus making it the oldest church in Cairo (Old Fustat)

A small cave under a covered glass case is located close to entrance of the church

A small cave under a covered glass case is located close to entrance of the church

This church is dedicated to two Christian martyrs Saints Sergius and Bacchus

This church is dedicated to two Christian martyrs Saints Sergius and Bacchus

This church is built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt

This church is built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt

The crypt area of the church - iit is believed that the Holy Family lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress nearby

The crypt area of the church - iit is believed that the Holy Family lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress nearby

Access to the crypt was closed and instead a glass case was places on the floor to view the cave below

Access to the crypt was closed and instead a glass case was places on the floor to view the cave below

A closeup view of the crypt - this part of Cairo was below the River Nile and this crypt got flooded many times in the past

A closeup view of the crypt - this part of Cairo was below the River Nile and this crypt got flooded many times in the past

On the 24th day of the Coptic month called Bachons, which corresponds to the first day of June in the western calendar, the Coptic Church commemorates the Holy Family's flight into Egypt

On the 24th day of the Coptic month called Bachons, which corresponds to the first day of June in the western calendar, the Coptic Church commemorates the Holy Family's flight into Egypt

Due to its historical significance, this church is a magnet for the pilgrims

Due to its historical significance, this church is a magnet for the pilgrims

Looking at the wooden seating area of the chuch from inside the crypt entrance (downstairs access is not allowed)

Looking at the wooden seating area of the chuch from inside the crypt entrance (downstairs access is not allowed)

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the church

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the church

On my way out, I saw two kids sitting on top of the glass case and playing

On my way out, I saw two kids sitting on top of the glass case and playing