Babylon Fortress in Cairo

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Cairo’s famous Coptic quarter sits atop ruins of the Eastern Roman-era Babylon Fortress. Remnants of the fortress have been preserved by the authorities. Travelers are able to discern the construction by the tell-tale Byzantine red brick and mortar-lined facades. The fort’s ramparts and buttresses surround the entire Coptic quarter.

Babylon’s Roman Legacy
Once serving a garrison of Roman Legions to exact tolls from Nile-river traffic, the Babylon Fortress functioned well into the Byzantine period. The majority of the area is now covered with Christian churches, cemeteries, convents, and the buildings of the world-famous Coptic Museum. The fortress once sat at the water’s edge, and was a major port-of-call.

Coptic Museum Buttress
Perhaps the best point from which to survey the ancient construction is from within the Coptic Museum enclosure. The main courtyard incorporates the foundations of one of the buttresses of the Babylon Fortress.

Hanging Church Foundations
Travelers who make it to the nearby Hanging Church should make sure to visit the adjoining cloisters which feature a glass floor. The floor means to showcase the construction of the Hanging Church over the foundations of two fortified towers of the Babylon Fortress.

The Babylon Fortress Curtain Wall
As travelers move from the many Jewish and Christian places of worship, they will inevitably walk along the curtain wall of the Coptic quarter. Enthusiasts of the Roman era in Egypt should pay particular attention to the walls of the quarter. Tell-tale signs of brickwork styling often found in Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul, can be seen throughout.

  • Admission rates are in Egyptian pounds (EGP). Foreign currencies are not accepted by site authorities.
  • Tickets can only be purchased with cash. Cheques, debit and credit cards are not accepted.
 Admission
  • Coptic M. 60 EGP
 ISIC Student Card
  • Discount50% 

 Notes
  • Approx. (MIN)10 
  • Byzantine Bricks
  • Hanging Church Tiles
  • Roman Ruins
  • Decline Guides
  • Wheelchair Access.
  • Shade Available
 Transportation
  • Leisurely walkabout
  • Close to the Citadel
  • Driver will park/wait




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