The Coptic Museum was founded in 1908 and is the World’s most extensive collection of Egyptian Christian art.
Housed in a purpose built gallery on two floors (with architectural embellishments such as ceilings and glass that are rewarding in themselves) the exhibits span the centuries, telling the story of Coptic Orthodox Christianity in Egypt, one of the oldest Christian communities in the World which today comprises approximately ten percent of the country’s population.
The display begins with architectural sculpture from the late Roman period onwards through to frescoes from churches along with items in all media, including an especially fine collection of paintings and icons upstairs.
It is one of the most important museums in Cairo and an essential place to visit in order to gain an understanding of Egypt’s Christian past.
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