WONDERFUL MIDDLE EAST ASIA
The Hanging Church (El Muallaqa)
Exterior the Hanging Church
It became known to travellers during the 14th and 15th centuries as the “staircase church” because of the twenty-nine steps that lead to the entrance.
Pintu masuk dari jalan raya
The Hanging Church derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress with its nave suspended above the passage. (Muallaqa translates to ‘suspended’) The church was first built, in Basilica style, in the 3rd or 4th century. However, at that time it is unlikely that the church would have been constructed in this location. They covered the towers with palm trunks and a layer of stone. The main church is thought to have been built between the 5th and 6th centuries with the south-eastern section called the “upper church” being added later. The church was destroyed in the 9th century.
Interior the Hanging Church
Bagian depan gereja
Gambar Bunda Maria pada tirai gereja
Hiasan di atas altar
Perjalanan Josef, Maria, dan Yesus di Mesir
Tanda salib gereja Coptic
Visit a Coptic Museum, some interesting observations about Egypt being the forerunner to many traditions in Christianity. For example:
We left the museum and walked down a narrow street, down some steps, through a doorway in a wall, along an ally until we came to the entrance of St. George’s Church (Gereja Abu Serga), which commemorates the place the Holy Family came to when they fled Israel (Matthew 2:13-15).
The Church Of Abu Serga (St. Sergius)
Underpass to descend to the level of the church
The Church of Abu Serga is another 4th Century church, dedicated to two early martyrs and supposedly built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. It is considered as the oldest of Cairo’s Christian churches.
They may have lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress. It is still considered to be a model of the early Coptic churches The main attraction, situated directly under the choir, is the crypt. This crypt contains the remains of the original church where tradition says the Holy Family lived. Originally this crypt was the sanctuary, but became the crypt after the larger church was built.
Ben Ezer's Temple (Synagogue Ben Ezra)
Ben Ezra Synagogue, located in the same area as the church. This is the oldest synagogue in the world, and commemorates the location where Moses was pulled out of the Nile as an infant (Exodus 2:1-10). Although the area here is presently dry land, the Nile River did indeed flow by this place in ancient times.
Kuil Ben Ezer
Ben Ezer’s Temple, lying at the end point of church buildings , is reported to have been erected in the 6th or presumably the 9th Century AD. The basilica-style temple contains a Jewish heritage library, that was inaugurated on November 25,1997. In 1896, a collection of documents known as “Jineesah” were found in the temple.
The said documents contained a number of rare manuscripts of interpretations of the Old Testament, excerpts of linguistic research on Hebrew as well as documents explaining how Jews dealt with the Arab Muslim authorities.
Sumur Musa yang amat dalam, dimana keranjang bayi Musa ditempatkan oleh ibunya
At the back of the temple, there is a very deep well, where the coffers in which Prophet Moses as an infant was placed by his mother, was reportedly found.
Monastery of Saint George (Greek Orthodox Church)
Gereja Orthodox Saint George
Menara Babylon (terletak di sebelah kanan gereja)
GOD IS THE LORD WHO DOES MIRACLES
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