Sunday, February 10, 2013

Egypt Day 4: 3 Churches

Currently, Christians comprise about 10% of the Egyptian population. Most are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, a church which is believed to be founded by St. Mark (of Biblical fame). Our guide is a member of this church and took us to the Hanging Church, one of the oldest churches in Egypt.


The church is beautiful with mosaic art outside in the courtyard, and lovely art inside.

A short walk away is another Coptic Church, this one purporting to be built over a site where Mary, Joseph, and Jesus stayed while living in Egypt.

As nice as the little church was, color me a teeny bit skeptical.

The final church we visited was a Jewish synagogue, which was also close to the Coptic Churches. Egypt does have a history of three religions living together with some peace. While Christians and Jews are definitely in the minority, they are still allowed to practice freely.

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