St. Virgin Mary’s Coptic Church is the best-known ancient church in the old city of our mystery country’s capital. The church is commonly known as The Hanging Church (El Muallaqa in Arabic) because it is built over a gate in the Roman fortress that surrounds the old city, with the nave of the church hanging over the passageway.
Coptic Christians settled within the fort very early in the Christian era and it remains a Coptic enclave still.
The mosaic depicts Mary, Joseph and Jesus, fleeing into our mystery country to escape the Slaughter of the Innocents. According to the Bible, after learning of the birth of a new king, Herod the Great ordered the death of all male infants in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:13-23)
Can you name that country?
See below for answers.