The Coptic Museum
Coptic Museum houses the largest collection of Coptic artifacts in the world
and was inaugurated in 1910. The museum was established through the efforts of
Marcus Simaika Pasha, a prominent Coptic figure who was vested in the preservation
of Coptic heritage. Simaika Pasha bought and collected Coptic antiquities and
various architectural elements from older churches that were undergoing
renovation, and used them to build the museum and establish its collection.
collection represents Coptic history from its earliest beginnings in Egypt
through to its rise as a leading center of Christianity in the world. Coptic
Christianity traces its origins to a visit by Saint Mark in the city of
Alexandria in the 1st Century A.D. The artifacts on display in the museum show
the merge of Coptic art with the prevailing cultures including Pharaonic,
Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, and its evolution in developing its own
character and identity.
decorated manuscripts, icons, delicately carved woodwork and elaborate frescos
with religious scenes recovered from ancient monasteries and churches are among
its extensive collection.
Ministry of Antiquities