Marcus Simaika

Coptic Museum

COPTIC MUSEUM The Coptic Museum boasts the largest collection of Coptic art in the world. In 1908, Marcus Simaika Pasha founded the museum on behalf of the Coptic Church. He chose for it a unique spot in Old Cairo within the Fortress of Babylon and surrounded by a number of Cairo’s ancient churches. Simaika brought …

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Togo Mina (1906-1949)

TOGO MINA (1906-1949) An Egyptian Coptologist. He was born in Assiut in Upper Egypt. He obtained a diploma of Egyptology from Cairo University in 1929. Between 1930 and 1934 he studied at the Ecole Pratique, Ecole du Louvre, and Institut Catholique in France. His dissertation “Le martyr d’Apa Epima” was published in Cairo in 1937. …

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Marcus Simaika (1864-1944)

MARCUS SIMAIKA (1864-1944) The Founder of the Coptic Museum. He was born in Cairo to venerable and prosperous Coptic parents. From his youth he showed great interest in Egypt’s Christian monuments. It is to his well-deserved credit that he founded the Coptic Museum in 1908. He succeeded in attracting the Coptic Church and the Egyptian …

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