DUBAI: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced that it is launching a virtual tour of the centuries-old Abu Serga Church in Cairo. The digital tour of the basilica-style monument and its underground labyrinths can be accessed online via https://my.matterport.com, and can also be viewed in virtual reality by way of VR headsets.
The virtual experience was launched to mark the occasion of the Holy family’s flight into Egypt– it is traditionally believed to have been built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt.
Perhaps its most significant feature is the 10-meters deep crypt where it is said that the Holy family have rested, and which can be accessed digitally via the virtual tour.
One of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo, the establishment dates back to the 4th century and was named after martyrs saints Sergius and Bacchus. The building is a traditional basilican structure and contains a nave with two side aisles. Twelve grand columns, eleven of which are made from white marble and one made from red granite, stand between the nave and the aisles.
It’s not the first time that Egypt offers virtual tours in the last couple of months. In April, Egypt launched virtual tours of the country’s most famous archeological and heritage sites such as the Menna Tomb in the Theban Necropolis in a bid to encourage people to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.