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Coptic Museum, Cairo

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Housing the world's largest collection of Coptic Christian artwork, the Coptic Museum in Cairo is a must-see for visitors interested in Christian art or Egyptian history after the pharaohs.

History

The Coptic Museum was founded in 1910 and recently reopened after extensive renovations.

What to See

The Coptic Museum is generally arranged by artistic medium. The first floor has carved stone and stucco, frescoes, and woodwork. The second floor includes textiles, manuscripts, icons, and metalwork.

The collection includes many exquisite works of art, as well as some artifacts notable for their religious syncretism - the gradual transformation of the Egyptian ankh into the cross and divine sun discs into halos, Christian scenes incorporating Egyptian gods, and ancient Egyptian columns transformed into baptismal fonts.

Some of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts, important early copies of Gnostic-Christian writings like the Gospel of Thomas, are upstairs.

Quick Facts on Coptic Museum

Site Information
Names:Coptic Museum; Coptic Museum, Cairo
City:Cairo
Country:Egypt
Categories:Museums
Faiths:Christianity; Coptic
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Cairo, Egypt
Coordinates:30.005890° N, 31.230623° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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References

  1. The Coptic Museum - official website
  2. Coptic Museum - Fodor's Egypt
  3. Coptic Museum - Frommer's Egypt
  4. Reviews of the Coptic Museum - TripAdvisor traveler reviews & tips
  5. The Coptic Museum - Egypt State Information Service

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Title:Coptic Museum, Cairo
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:08/19/2009
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