The Coptic Museum in Cairo has the world’s largest collection of Coptic artifacts. I find this museum more interesting than the overcrowded Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo. But these two have one thing in common – lack of interesting descriptions.
I think when you’re visiting Cairo, you should divide your sightseeing in three ways: Pyramids, Islamic and Coptic. These three give you a whole new impression of the country. We all know about the ancient Egyptian civilization but only a few know that Egypt also has a Christian history.
There are around 1200 relics that your eyes can feast on.
They are priceless and incredibly well-preserved.
Coptic statues and monuments tell us the long history of ancient Egypt.
But most importantly, the museum shows the country’s early Christian to early Islam influences.
There are examples from the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine, and Fatimid era.
See all the icons, carved stones, manuscripts, frescoes, carved wood, textiles, and more.
This Gospel of St. Mark’s manuscript is in Arabic.
Look up the walls and ceiling and you will find frescoes that still look good as it were before.
Wherever you are inside, Coptic arts are evident from its dome, to the ceiling and to its walls.
They’re colourful and magnificent!
Even the window panels have amazing carvings and tiny designs that will blow your mind away.
The hallways are dramatically lit, smooth and clean.
Descriptions of the artifacts don’t really give much interesting information. It would be a great experience if you’ll be on a Coptic Cairo tour with a knowledgeable guide.
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’s 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, The Australian Hostel is highly recommended by a friend who had stayed there. You can book it via Booking or HostelWorld.