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Church of the Virgin (Al Adra), Cairo

Church of the Virgin (Al Adra) - Cairo, Egypt
Church of the Virgin (Al Adra)
Near the Babylon Fort, Cairo, EgyptMap
Coptic Cairo
Neighborhood: Downtown
Overview

Built in the 9th century, this church is also known as kasriyyat el rihan, which means the "pot of basil." The origin of this name is most probably Greek in origin because the Greek Orthodox faith uses much basil in its ceremonies. It is believed that this name became popular during Caliph el Hakim's reign when the church temporarily passed into the hands of the Greek Orthodox Church. The church contains many valuable icons, including some signed by the famous icon painter, John the Armenian.

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Church of the Virgin (Al Adra) General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Mar Girgis.
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