Saint Barbara Church

Saint Barbara Church

Egypt boasts a historical group of churches that were built over the ages, most notably the Barbara Church in Old Cairo next to Babylon Fortress in the southern region of Cairo Governorate in the Religious Complex area around Saint Barbara Church

Also, Saint Barbara Church was founded in the late fourth and early fifth centuries AD, and the Church of St. Barbara is located in the Babylon area and contains the body of St. Barbara, and is characterized as beautiful and of special sanctity.

The church is located precisely east of Babylon Fortress behind St. George's Monastery in St. Barbara's neighborhood near the Jewish Temple Street, it is located about 140 cm below ground level and can be reached by descending several steps on a stone staircase

Who is Saint Barbara

Born in a city in Asia Minor in the early third century AD to a wealthy pagan father named Dioscorus, Barbara was educated by the Egyptian theologian Ortigianus, then converted to Christianity. She refused to marry to devote her life to the service of the religion she embraced and was martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Maximianus. The church was neglected for more than 400 years until it was rebuilt in 1072 AD by the Coptic vizier John ibn al-Abbah during the reign of Caliph al-Mustansir Allah.

Facts about St. Barbara's Monumental Church

Similarly, The Saint Barbara Orthodox Church is one of the many famous Coptic Orthodox churches that can be found in the Coptic Cairo neighborhood. The building is located in the eastern part of Babylon Citadel, one of the oldest buildings in Cairo, dating back to the fifth or sixth century AD. The church is characterized by a distinctive architectural design with spacious interior courtyards, pointed ceilings, ornate columns, muqarnas, and a number of unique decorations and inscriptions.

 

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