Church of the Holy Virgin (Babylon El-Darag)
|Coptic Orthodox Church of the Holy Virgin Mary|
|Location||Babylon El-Darag, Coptic Cairo|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Church|
|Founded||5th century (est.)|
|Diocese||Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Old Cairo, Manial and Fum Al-Khalig|
|Division||The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate|
|Bishop(s)||Pope Tawadros II|
The Church of the Holy Virgin in Babylon El-Darag was occupied from the 11th to the 15th centuries by several Coptic patriarchs, seven of whom were buried in the church. Pope Zacharias was one of them.
Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria used to pray in the church before assuming papacy. According to tradition, the church was one of the resting places of the Holy Family during their sojourn in Egypt, as well as the location from which Peter sent his epistle (1 Peter 5:13).
The ground plan of the church is typical of other Coptic churches: a narthex, a nave, a choir, northern and southern aisles and three sanctuaries. The northern sanctuary is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the southern sanctuary is used as a shrine. It contains several 19th century icons of the Holy Virgin and saints Demiana, Stephen, Barbara, Shenouda, Paul the Hermit, Anthony, and Peter and Paul.