Abu Serga Church - Screenshot from the virtual tour brought by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities
CAIRO - 1 June 2020: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching a new virtual tour of the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus known as Abu Serga Church.
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That church has a special place among the rest of the Coptic churches. This is because it is related to the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt.
The name of the church belongs to both Saints Sergius and Bacchus who were martyred in the Rusafa area in Syria according to the Christian belief.
Like the rest of the early churches, the church and its underground Labyrinths were designed in the basilica style. It consists of a cross-sectional area, longitudinal galleries and oriental apse (under which lies the Labyrinths).
The church is distinguished for its unique architectural and artistic features that reflect the spirit of Coptic architecture in Egypt, where the ambon, the baptismal bath, and the wooden veil inlaid with ivory is visible, in addition to religious scenes that represent saints and apostles on various domes and columns.
In addition, the church was built over the ruins of an ancient Roman castle. Some scholars believe that it dates back to the late fourth and early fifth centuries AD, while others see it as dating back to the seventeenth century AD.
Abu Serga Church - Screenshot from virtual tour