In the afternoon, you will be picked in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Christian monuments of the city that are of religious and historical significance. You will visit the following sites:
• Al Moallaqa (The Suspended Church): It was built at the turn of the 4th century on the remains of the Roman fortress of Babylon. You will come across a wood carving representing Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem. The church houses about 90 rare icons of basilican style.
• Abu Serga Church: The church is situated near the Coptic Museum and dates back to the 4th century. It was built on the basilican style on top of the cave that the Holy Family used as a shelter on their flight to Egypt, escaping from King Herod.
• The Church of the Virgin: The church dates back to the 8th century and contains precious icons and has three altars.
• The Coptic Museum: It is situated in Old Cairo and houses a rare collection of the first Christian relics, architectural remains, textiles, icons and old manuscripts. It exhibits the splendour of old Coptic art with its colours and ornamentation, which are considered a transitory style between Pharaonic and Islamic arts. This museum was founded in 1910 and offers the most extensive collection of Coptic artefacts in the world.
After exploring the Christian monuments, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo.