The Church of the Virgin Mary is located in the Maadi district on the east bank of the Nile. Its building was dedicated to the mother of Jesus, in the same place where according to tradition the Holy Family undertook its journey to Upper Egypt.
Throughout history the church has taken on various names. Originally the place was known as Meniet El Sudan, followed by Bustan El Adawia, El Martini (Greek for "The Mother of the Logos"). Later the Church was given the name of Vergine del Battello. In fact, the name of the Maadi in Arabic means "crossing point".
In the area in front of the church there are three ancient domes, respectively above three altars. The church also houses a baptistery, a conference room, a library, a media library and a special room to accommodate visiting eminent personalities.
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