This church which is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and to St. Dimiana was Known as the Hanging church. It is thus called so because it is built over the roman fortress on top of which has been put palm trees wood with a layer of stones over the fortress to be the ground of the church so the hanging church is the unique church without domes, it has a wooden roof in the sharp of Noah’s Ark.

It is known that Noah’s Ark is one the symbols which representing the church and salvation. It is commonly known that is church go back to the late third century A.D.
Some historians however think that it was built ages before that, as it was a roman temple, which then it was transferred into a roman church. After that became Coptic Church, the proofs are the discovery of wall paintings belonging to the roman pagan gods at the western side of the right aisle of the church.

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