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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.

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Today, the cave isn’t anymore visible from the outside but devotees and curious tourists can still see it.

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

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

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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).

The Church is, of course, built in honor of two Roman soldiers who were martyred in Syria.

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

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

In Egypt, it is popularly known 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 beautiful christian churches in the country.

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

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

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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’ll find the bones of some Christians saints. They’re wrapped in a red cloth and 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).

The church is also surrounded by great icons showing the life of Christ, Mary and some Christian Saints.

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’ll 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).

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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).

It is believed 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).

The original ground where the Holy Family used to tread is now covered in glass.

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 tiny well where they used to get their water is also covered in glass.

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).

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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).

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