March 18, 2022
The Coptic Museum in Cairo is holding a temporary exhibit to celebrate the 112th anniversary of the museum’s establishment.
The exhibit, which will be on display until June, features eleven unique pieces highlighting the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt.
The museum is located close to the famous Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. It was first inaugurated in 1910 and underwent renovations in 1984 and 2000 before its reopening in 2006.
The museum was founded through the efforts of Marqus Samika Pasha, a prominent Coptic Egyptian, who started collecting unique artefacts and architectural elements from old churches and cathedrals in preparation of the museum collection. He was the first director of the museum until his death in 1944.
Today, the Coptic Museum features one of the largest collections of Coptic art in 26 galleries with over 16,000 objects.