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Church of St. Barbara

Near the Roman Fortress, Cairo, Egypt
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Considered one of Egypt’s largest and most magnificent churches, this religious site features a domed asp with seven steps decorated in bands of black, white and red marble.
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Near the Roman Fortress, Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the outside the building, east of the Babylon ruins, does not look like a church. It is, as if hidden behind a unassuming facade. Once you enter a door and go down a few stairs you will enter a great hall. The basilica is...More

Thank Robert937
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This isn't commonly visited in old coptic cairo, and many tours skip it. It's worth admiring its architecture and the story of Saint Barbara....It was a great surprise to a friend that holds the same name and never met her patron Saint.

Thank 1963consultant
Reviewed 9 February 2016

The Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Barbara (or Sitt Barbara) is one of the many famous Coptic Orthodox parishes that can be found in the district of Coptic Cairo. The building is located on the eastern part of the Babylon Fortress and is one of...More

Thank Virgil S
Reviewed 13 March 2015

St. Barbara is my namesake and it was wondrous to visit this church. The icons were beautiful, and the small room to the left of the sanctuary holds her relics and those of other saints. There was a service being held in another room to...More

Thank Barb S
Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

Quiet church where you can contemplate the icons inside of it, a true meditation place...should be more taken care of..

Thank Mikysf
Reviewed 24 March 2013

I was able to attend Mass at this church. The service was conducted in Arabic and Coptic. It was a wonderful experience.

Thank AfricanTravelSeminar
Reviewed 14 April 2012

Very quite place for contemplation. The site is near to the metro and other religious places.

Thank Mina G
Reviewed 5 April 2012

It is a very nice sacred church where it narrates the story of St. Barbara. Her icons are wonderful hanged in the church with bright colors

Thank Hebatalla_Hassan
Reviewed 5 May 2009

St. Barbara Church was built in the 11th century and is one of the earliest, largest, and most beautifully decorated churches in Egypt. The entrance to the Church of St. Barbara is even lower than the street level of the Old City. You have to...More

1  Thank redeco
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Yvonne S
9 January 2017|
Response from 1963consultant | Reviewed this property |
the whole church complex is open till 5 pm, but you'd better arrive earlier to enjoy the walk.