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Cairo - The crypt of the Holy Family


In the center of Cairo there is an area guarded by troops, which is called "Old Cairo" (Misr el Kadima) and it is Egypt's Christian bastion. There are many historical Christian churches in this area, the oldest of which is the Saints Sergius and Bacchus church. There is a cave in the basement of this church, which is called the Family Crypt. According to a very widespread belief in Egypt, Joseph, Mary and newborn Jesus were hidden in this cave, in order to save the Divine Infant from the massacre of the innocents ordered by Herod.

02Paramount pilgrimage

It is a place of utmost sanctity and therefore is very difficult for someone to enter. A chaperone is required and the visitor must wear modest clothes and remove his shoes.
The Christians of Egypt passionately protect their sacred pilgrimages, within an unpredictable Islamic environment.

Our Greek origin became once more the passport of our entry for a religious pilgrimage in Egypt, not only Christian but Islamic too, as Muslim Egyptians like the Greeks very much.

The church is dedicated to Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus, two Syrian soldiers of the Roman army, who martyred for their faith during the 4th century.
It is the oldest building of "Coptic Cairo", as "Old Cairo" is also known, and its foundation dates back to the 7th century.

The church is a basilica and it has been reconstructed several times, while the current building dates back to the 11th century.

The icons on the church's walls are from the 13th century, as is its woodcut temple. Signs hang on its columns with the phrase "Christ is Risen" written in Greek.

Around the church Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus there are underground passages and narrow alleys, leading to churches, cemeteries and Roman forts.
It is a world old labyrinth making Cairo, this vast, unforgettable and exciting city, look even more imposing.














*Mandatory Fields


Katerini - Passion for pigeons

He trains pigeons so they can fly 1,000 meters high and he gets sad when they are attacked by hawks. He feels sorry, but he can understand hawks need to survive too.

Katerinoscala, Pieria - Pilot leader of the pack

He owns a farm with 500 happy animals and birds. Their hearts are grateful to him and they love him dearly. He is a special kind of "king".

Syrrako, Ioannina - A pleasure for the eyes

Vlach village at the tops of Tzoumerka with a rich history and traditional houses of a unique architecture.

Nicosia, Cyprus - A patisserie in the Dead Zone

In Nicosia, Cyprus there is a traditional patisserie next to the fortification sacks and barrels that separate the free from the occupied part of the city.

Oia, Santorini Island - The worship of the sun

Every afternoon, crowds from every corner of the earth are gathered at Oia in order to enjoy the sunset in the Aegean sea.

A magic performance - The Apology of Socrates by Plato

Next to the actor stood a liquid filled hourglass that slowly dripped during the play. There were times that it could be perceived like a harsh, eerie beat inside the audience’s head. Time was running out for Socrates…

Santorini Island - A feast at the edge of the crater

In the cleft of the rock, which looms threateningly above, and under unbearable heat, the faithful Christians sing and dance nonstop for 24 hours.

Ritsona, Euboea - The heart aches when you play the ney

He makes a reed musical instrument called the ney. The instrument produces a warm and hoarse sound. The ney has its roots in the Near East and gives Greek traditional music a special quality.