St. George's Church Cairo, Egypt 10th C; rebuilt
The Church of St. George (Mari Girgis) in Cairo is the primary Greek Orthodox church of Egypt and the only round church in the country. Originally built in the 10th century, it stands atop an old Roman tower and adjoins a monastery.
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Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 26, 2011
St. George is the only round church in Egypt, but unlike Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its many imitators, this is only for practical reasons - it is built atop the foundations of a Roman round tower. Inside, the dark interior is heavy with incense and pierced by sunbeams that filter through its stained glass windows. A (closed) flight of steps leads down into the old Roman tower, once believed to be "peopled by devils." Next door, the Monastery of St. George is now the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. George and a Convent of St. continue reading →
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