Established in 1908 to preserve Coptic Christian artifacts from destruction, this renovated old building houses the world's ... More
The Coptic Museum
Established in 1908 to preserve Coptic Christian artifacts from destruction, this renovated old building houses the world's largest collection of Coptic art. Its two wings contain fabulous artifacts (both secular and religious) produced by Copts throughout the ages. Exhibits are arranged roughly in chronological order, with the upper floor housing an exhibition of Nubian paintings salvaged from villages before they were flooded by the Aswan High Dam in the 1950s and 1960s. The museum houses wonderful examples of paintings and textiles, metal, wood, glass and ivory craftsmanship, and Nag Hammadi documents.
Since I was researching the early Coptic Church for an historical novel, I was delighted to see this collection of Coptic work in all media, from painting to textiles to metalwork. An inexpensive 143 page catalog is available that shows many of the exhibits and also some churches in Coptic Cairo. The collection in this newly refurbished museum is beautifully displayed. Coptic Cairo is a must see for history- minded tourists; definitely ask your agency to include this area in your tour.
Admission was US$3, a bargain.
The newly refurbished Coptic museum is a wonder which must be seen to get a full view of Egyptian history.
The building itself is beautiful. The layout of the artefacts is well considered, tasteful and informative for both the academic who would want to look deeper and the interested tourist who wants an explanation of what they are looking at. A good comparison would be the museum at Luxor. It is not so large that one feels one has to be choosey about what you look although a decent plan on entry allows you to be selective.
I recommend a visit to asnyone I know who has not yet visited and will return many more times myself.
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