Found project: Hanging church


    Project : Hanging church

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 4th c.

    Locality : Cairo

    Country : Egypt

    Building style : Coptic architecture

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    Description :

    “Pass along the northern wall of Abu Sargah [St Sergius] towards the Jewish Synagogue; thence to the right down a quaint, narrow, shadowed street with a few high lattice windows; again to the right where the street is roofed over in places with palm-beams; finally, from the street a narrow passage between blind walls leads to a staircase doorway beside which lies topsy-turvy a very large and fine Corinthian capital. This is the doorway of Al Mu’allakah – the most ancient of the churches in Kasr-ash-Shamm’ah…
    The church derives its common name from the fact of its suspension between two Roman bastions, and the ascent is made by a staircase built close by one of this bastions, the central one of the three on the southern side of the fortress. Towards the top of the stairs may be seen on both sides Roman brickwork, the spring of a ‘bridge’ as the priests call it, i.e. an arched vaulting which supported a floor in some building near the bastion…
    There is something bold and original in planting date-palms at this height above ground; but it is a pretty idea to place them above the entrance of ‘the church in the air.’ Palm-leaves are largely used in the church festivals at Easter, and delicate baskets woven of palm are used to carry the eulogiae, or blessed bread, and are given as gifts among neighbours and friends at that season. There is also a Coptic legend that at the flight into Egypt the fruit of the palm was the first food of which the Virgin partook, and that the little dent in the back of the datestone (not the cleft) was first caused by the Virgin’s tooth.”

    Butler, Alfred J., The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt, vol. 1., Oxford University Press, 1970 (first edition 1884), pp. 206-207.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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