After your plentiful buffet breakfast at the Mena House hotel, prepare your spirit for an eclectic religious experience on your final full day in Cairo.
Inside Cairo’s old walled city sits the royal Al-Rafa’i mosque. You will feel awed as you gaze on its minarets and domes, built between 1869 and 1912 to compliment the adjacent medieval Sultan Hassan mosque. The intricate geometric shapes decorating the exterior walls provide an opportunity for meditation, reflection, and centering after a momentous journey.
Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church
Come with us to explore nearby Coptic Christian Cairo, which includes the Saint Sergius and Bacchus church (also known as Abu Sarga). Legend has it that this church was built on the spot where the Holy family rested in Egypt while they hid the Christ child from King Herod. We will also pass by the fascinating Hanging Church, built on the remains of a Roman Fortress in the 7th century.
Ben Ezra Synagogue
To round out our exploration of Cairo’s Abrahamic places of worship, we will visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Local folklore says that this synagogue stands on the site where baby Moses was found in his basket of reeds. The outside is well-kept and renovated, featuring symmetrical parapets, while inside you will be greeted by beautiful marble columns and ornate hanging lanterns.