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Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed

Jesus was a refugee in Egypt and this is the cave where he stayed with Mary and Joseph. It is also believed that Joseph, the carpenter, might have worked at the Babylon Fortress nearby. When Jesus was still an infant, King Herod of Judea ordered to kill all “first borns.” The Holy Family fleed to Egypt and they stayed in a cave.

Though today, the cave isn’t any more visible from the outside, devotees and curious tourists can still see it.

Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

In fact, it is now a crypt, under the naves of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church.
Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

Ancient people built the Church to honor two Roman soldiers who became martyrs in Syria.

Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

In Egypt, the locals call this Church as Abu Serga.

Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

Though small in size, it is one of the most beautiful Christian churches in the country.

Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

This is a historical Coptic Church where a lot of its leaders were elected.

Coptic Cairo - Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Egypt).

Also inside the church, you will find the bones of a few Christian Saints. These bones, wrapped in red cloth, are locked in a glass box. Devotees can offer a prayer or give a donation.

Coptic Cairo - Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).

Great icons showing the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and Saints surround the interior.

Coptic Cairo - Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).

To see the cave where the holy family used to live, you have to descend in this tiny path.

Coptic Cairo - Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).
Coptic Cairo – Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Egypt).

And then, you will see this partly-lit chamber.

Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).

Do you see this arched, elevated platform?

Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
They believe that the infant Jesus slept here.
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).

Covered in glass, the original ground where the Holy Family used to tread is interesting to stare at. It looks like a glass coffin.

Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).

This is the tiny well where the Holy Family used to get their water.

Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).

The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus is inside the Coptic compound in Cairo. Though the area is heavily guarded, people can still come and go. Nearby, you’ll find the Hanging Church, the Church of St. George and the Coptic Museum.

Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).
Jesus was a Refugee in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Stayed (Cairo, Egypt).

Hostel / Hotel in Cairo

Egypt is cheap. So I treated myself by staying in a hotel. Cairo Capital Plaza is not a five-star hotel, but they’re well-liked by travelers as they’re in downtown Cairo and the staff members are nice. They have free wifi and breakfast was ok good for me. It is also accessible to the subway/metro station. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to and from the airport which makes it easy for your arrival and departure. You can book it via Booking, TripAdvisor, and Expedia. If you’re looking for a nice hostel, my friend highly recommends The Australian Hostel. He stayed here for a week and has nothing but a good review of the place. You can book it via Booking or HostelWorld.

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