Coptic icons on Antiquity List

16-01-2018 11:01 PM

Riham al-Zahaar

Ten icons in the church of Anba Maqar (St Macarius) in Imbaba, Giza, have been approved for listing on the Islamic and Coptic Antiquity List of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

According to Muhammad Abdel-Latif, Assistant to the Antiquities Minister and Head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquity Sector, the church was registered in 1998 on Egypt’s Islamic and Coptic Antiquity for its unique historical and archaeological value.

According to Diaa Zahran, Director-General of the Documentation of Islamic and Coptic Archaeology Department, the icons listed include one depicting Queen Helena and her son King Constantine after discovering the Holy Cross; an icon of Saint Demiana; and one depicting Jesus surrounded by the Archangels, as well as icons of a number of saints, including Mar-Behnam and his sister Sarah; and St Barbara.

Twelve icons in Old Cairo churches have also been listed on the Old Cairo Antiquity list. They come from the Hanging Church and from the churches of Abu-Seifein; St Barbara; St Sergius; al-Amir Tadros; and Mar-Mina Monastery in Fumm al-Khaleeg.

Watani International

16 January 2018

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