Saw the first mosque built in Africa. Unfortunately not from the inside due to ongoing renovations (and no pictures). Built in 642 AD by none other than Amr ibn al-A’as, a contemporary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and a great general of his time. None of the original structure remains due to renovations and reconstructions. Hoping to visit during our next trip to Egypt. Moving on, visited the Saint Virgin Mary’s Church (or the Hanging Church), one of the oldest church in Egypt and what an artistic and beautiful building from the inside.
It is called the “Hanging” Church because it is built on the gates of the Fortress of Babylon. Nothing except a small section of the original fortress remains.
Was lucky enough to witness a Sunday service – listening to one in Arabic was amazing.
Connected to the Church from an underground alleyway (reminds one of the description of Palestine in Agatha Christie novels), is the oldest Synagogue in Egypt, Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Inside it was so quiet, peaceful and calm, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle outside. Just sat there absorbing the atmosphere (photography is not allowed inside).
Literally moved back in time (newest to oldest): Islam –>Christianity–>Judaism. What a historical journey.