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Within the nave was a tank, boarded up now, that once was used for foot washing on Maundy Thursday and on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.There is also a marble ambon (pulpit, that dates from the 11th century, though some of its white and colored marble may predate the pulpit itself. The southern marble facade of the pulpit's steps is carved with a design showing a shell and a cross on stairs, representing the Resurrection of Christ.The columns between the aisles are made of white marble, with the exception of one built of black basalt.Some of the capitals are Corinthian, and so were probably removed from older buildings.The Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress (in Old, or Coptic Cairo) with its nave suspended above the passage (Muallaqa translates to 'suspended').It is the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, as well as the first built in Basilcan style (possibly).Atop it are seven small icons that depict the life of Saint John the Baptist.However, all of these icons are the work of a single Armenian artist, Orhan Karabedian, and were executed in 1777.
Between the nave and the north aisle is a row of three columns spanned by wide lancet arches.
It was probably built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690-92), though an earlier church building may have existed elsewhere dating as earlier as the 3rd or 4th century.
However, the earliest mention of the church was a statement in the biography of the patriarch Joseph (831-49), when the governor of Egypt visited the establishment.
The central haikal screen, which is made of ebony inlaid with ivory and carved into segments showing fine geometric designs and crosses, dates from the 12th or 13th century and on the top of it are a row of seven large icons.
The center of these icons depicts the Christ, seated on a throne.