Day 6 and 7 - Cairo - St. Sergius Christian Church, Cairo

Day 6
It was almost dark when we entered Cairo. We could see Neil at one side. We were all tired and had a nice stay at Sheraton Hotel.

Day 7
Our first stop was at the Pyramids. Our Egyptian guide did not let us stay there for more than 30 minutes. So we could not go near the Pyramids. (Later when she made us spend more than an hour in a shop selling perfumes, her intentions were clear).Our next stop was a shop manufacturing Papyrus (ancient Egyptian paper) and painting on Papyrus. Paintings on various themes were on display. We could see how Papyrus was made from Papyrus is made from a plant,Cyperus papyrusthat, grows on the banks of the Nile River. The stems of this aquatic plant is used for making papyrus and also chairs and boats. This is an ancient technique.

Next stop was a perfume seller where perfumes of different flavour were available.

St. Sergius Christian Church, Cairo - Holy Family on exile in Egypt.

The only site in Egypt that was related to our Holyland tour was the St. Sergius Christian Church at Cairo. From the Bible we know that the Holy Family was on exile in Egypt. But the Bible gives no details about the Holy Family's time in Egypt, but a number of apocryphal tales fill in details. According to the Egyptian Coptic Church the Holy Family remained in Egypt for a little over three and a half years. In fact, nineteen places in the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt are named in Christian traditions as having been places where the Holy Family stopped or resided for varying lengths of time.
Of all the sites connected with the Holy Family's Egyptian sojourn, the most important is the church of Abu Serga (St. Sergius) in the Coptic quarter of Old Cairo, a city unto itself, located in Cairo's south side, just east of the Nile River. According to ancient tradition the Holy Family took refuge in a cave, now in the crypt beneath the church.
We passed through a narrow subway to enter the passage to the church. We were not permitted to take photographs inside the church. Some photographs and details are available in the following websites.
1. http://www.welcometohosanna.com/LIFE_OF_JESUS/8egyptexile.htm
2. http://www.ask-aladdin.com/abuserga.html

The Nile Cruise
The Nile, the longest river in the World, the life line of Egypt and Africa, flows through the middle of Cairo city. We went on a cruise through the Nile. We spent nearly two hours enjoying the sunset on the deck and belly dance along with other Egyptian dance forms. It was indeed an unforgettable experience.

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