Musturud is actually part of greater Cairo, on the agricultural road from Cairo to Bilbays. Here we visit the Church of the Holy Virgin at Musturud in which the Holy Family found shelter after a long day of traveling. We will also see the cave where they rested and the well that Jesus created, which the Holy Family used for drinking, washing and bathing, that is why it is called al–Mahamma (bathing place).

The recorded history of this church goes back to 1185 A.D. when Pope Marcos III built a great church on this place and dedicated it to the Holy Virgin. Coptic Christians, however, believe older churches stood on this spot. The church has recently been restored and has a beautiful collection of icons. Musturud has become an important pilgrimage location for Coptic pilgrims yearly, attracting hundreds of thousands of people.

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