The Coptic Museum
Many communities from throughout the world stopped by ancient Egypt as the sands of time drifted past and left behind remnants of their customs and cultures.
Before Islam arrived in Egypt in the 7th century, Coptic Christianity grew to become the country's official religion during Roman rule. The Coptic Church still firmly defends the remarkable and distinctive history of Christianity in Egypt. The Coptic Museum, which opened its doors in 1910, is where you can find the world's biggest collection of Coptic artefacts. A prominent Coptic statesman named Marcus Simaika Pasha invested in preserving the culture and led the effort to build the museum. While the museum's architecture keeps it airy throughout the day, its vast green grounds give you a sense of quiet and seclusion. Old mashrabiya screens and mosaic flooring embellish the building's spacious interior.The museum's exhibits show how Coptic art changed over time to adopt the traits and identities of other important cultures, including Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. It is a lovely location, both for the intricate woodcarving throughout the galleries and for the treasures they hold. These include sculpture that clearly dates back to the Ptolemaic era, lavish fabrics, and entire walls covered in murals from monastic buildings. Spend at least a few hours perusing the roughly 1200 pieces on show. It is no coincidence that the ancient Egyptian ankh and the cross of Christianity are so similar in their elemental form. The Coptic Museum continues to make a lot of effort to establish connections with people all around the world, particularly the Coptic community. With this objective, the museum seeks to give the rest of the world a place where knowledge and cultural items based on Coptic history in Egypt can be exchanged........read more .......read more read less
No 4 Fakhry Abd el Nour street Abbassia, Cairo 11511 Egypt