The Church of St George in Cairo is built above an old Roman Tower. Thus, visitors have to climb a flight of stairs to reach the round church. Under the impressive dome is, of course, a great place of worship for Coptic Christians in Cairo. It is believed that the Saint was kept and martyred in a prison nearby.
For those who aren’t into Christianity, St George is an equestrian saint who is also a warrior. Perhaps, the most visible icon of this saint is that of him on a horse, spearing a dragon.
This is what you see as soon as you enter the Church of St George in Cairo.
Huge, tall columns coated in red, aim at the murals on its dome.
And the dome looks like this.
Inside, three colors are mostly evident: red, blue, and gold.
The church is peaceful, well-kept, and grand!
There’s a caretaker who watches visitors and he looks too bored doing his job. 😉
Do you see the third eye above the arched door?
When done, go down the steps and unto the mini-museum under the church.
You’ll find some interesting relics and a cave that looks like this.
Should you visit the Coptic Cairo compound, there are other things to do here.
How to Save Time and Money in Cairo
Cairo is still cheap. In fact, Egypt is the second cheapest country I’ve ever been to. However, taking public transport is a challenge – crowded and hot. If you’re a solo traveler and you’re up for it, then, I’d recommend you to do it. Taxi? Good luck! It’s either the driver will pretend to take the shorter route or fooling you with the meter. Both happened to me. And not to mention bad driving skills. 😂
On the other hand, if you have little time in Cairo and you want so much to explore – join a tour! It’s more informative and hassle-free from harassment in public transport and avoids the scorching heat.
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’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 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.