The Church of Saint Barbara in Old (Coptic) Cairo stands north of the Coptic Museum and to the east of the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Abu Serga), on the eastern side of Fort Babylon. Al-Maqrizi tells us that it was the most famous and beautiful church of his time in Cairo, but exactly when the Church of St. Barbara was built is speculative to some extent. Eutychius tells says that Athanasius, a secretary of Abdel-Aziz Ibn Marwan (the governor of Egypt between 685 and 705 AD), had the church built, but a door found during one of the church's restorations could date as early as the 4th Century. Read More

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