Get There: The Saints Serguis and Bacchus Church is located quite close to the Mar Girgis metro station in Coptic Cairo.
Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century A.D. The church is dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus, who were soldier-saints martyred during the 4th century in Syria by the Roman Emperor Maximian.
Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church is traditionally believed to have been built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. They may have lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress.
The church is of significant historical importance, and in fact, it is where many patriarchs of the Coptic Church were elected. The first to be elected here was Patriarch Isaac (681-692).