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 him to kill all “firstborns.” 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.
Note: If you want a better experience to get to know more of its history, you better get a guide.
In fact, it is now a crypt, under the naves of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church.
Ancient people built the Church to honor two Roman soldiers who became martyrs in Syria.
In Egypt, the locals call this Church Abu Serga.
Though small in size, it is one of the most beautiful Christian churches in the country.
This is a historical Coptic Church where a lot of its leaders were elected.
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.
Great icons showing the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and Saints surround the interior.
To see the cave where the holy family used to live, you have to descend on this tiny path.
And then, you will see this partly-lit chamber.
Do you see this arched, elevated platform?
They believe that the infant Jesus slept here.
Covered in glass, the original ground where the Holy Family used to tread is interesting to stare at. It looks like a glass coffin.
This is the tiny well where the Holy Family used to get their water.
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.
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.