Old Coptic Cemetery of Cairo, Cairo
This burial ground is believed to have been in use since the early centuries of Christianity, around the early medieval period. As such, this is one of Egypt's oldest continuously used cemeteries, with some graves dating back more than a thousand years. Many a prominent Coptic figure has been laid to rest here.
Coptic Christians have unique burial practices, including specific rituals and ceremonies conducted by the church clergy. If you happen to be here when a funeral takes place, you may witness the ancient Egyptian custom of wailing at funerals. Oftentimes, women cry so loud that the entire compound learns of the departure of their loved one.
The cemetery is known for its collection of unique and intricately carved tombstones and mausoleums. Many graves display Coptic artwork and inscriptions, wonderfully ornate with statues of angels, saints, doves, crosses, and the like.
Echoing with whispered echoes of countless generations, this ancient necropolis carries the weight of centuries, embracing the serenity of eternity amid the delicate dance of fading light and somber shadows...
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