Sleeping Mary Greek Church (OLD CAIRO)

THIS LITTLE placed in the back northern area of the Greek cemetery next to the of St. George in Old Cairo, is dedicated to Mary. The formal name, the of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, tells the story of the belief that the Virgin Mary simply went to sleep, her body never experienced decay in her tomb and was directly taken, assumed, into heaven. This was the belief of early communities.

Both Catholic and Churches upheld this tradition even though it was not in the Gospels. During the sixth century the feast of the Dormition was by the Eastern Church. The Western churches taught the Assumption, the that Mary went to sleep, her dormition.

Through the sanctuary to the left is a cave with a shrine to the and a well that is said to have healing powers. It is also said the Holy Family stayed in this cave when on their return journey to Jerusalem.