Known in the Arab world as al-Muallaqah “The Suspended” church, and by Christians as the Hanging Church its Cairo’s most famous Coptic church. The Church commemorates the Virgin Mary, and is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Old Cairo with its interior-nave suspended over a passage.
A visit to Acre during a Christian Holy Land trip is part of the Israeli experience. The city of Acre, most commonly known as Akko, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III. The city is at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay in the northern coastal plain region, and has traditionally been a focal point for commercial activity in it’s waterways due to the cities important location and access to sea.
Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus offers a spiritually rewarding experience to Christians traveling to the holy land. The Palestinian city located in the West Bank is home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, although the size of the community has dwindled due to emegration. The city also known as Beit Lahm, Beit Sahur, Bet Lehem, Betar, Beth-Lehem, and several other names as well as the “City of David” since the Hebrew Bible identifies it as the city David was from and where he was crowned as the king of Israel.