You can now tour this historical Egyptian church from your living room

The Abu Serga church is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo. (Screenshot)
Short Url
Updated 02 June 2020

You can now tour this historical Egyptian church from your living room

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.

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.




One of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo, the establishment dates back to the 4th century.

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.


Lebanese star Nancy Ajram postpones TikTok concert following Beirut explosion

Updated 05 August 2020

Lebanese star Nancy Ajram postpones TikTok concert following Beirut explosion

DUBAI: Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram has postponed her virtual TikTok performance following the tragic incident in Beirut on Aug. 4 that killed at least 100 people and injured thousands.

“In light of the devastating explosions that took place in Beirut, TikTok expresses its deepest condolences to the Lebanese people and stands with them in solidarity during this difficult time,” announced the social media platform in a press release.

The concert was scheduled to take place on Aug. 6 at 10pm GST.  A new date has not been announced.

In order to support those who have been affected by the blast, here are some organizations you can donate to.