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THE CHURCH OF ABU SYFAIN IN OLD CAIRO BY COLONEL GOFF

December 24, 2016

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Robert Charles Goff (1837 – 1922) was a British colonel and an artist, who visited Egypt in 1898. He has a few works from Cairo. I cannot find a Coptic work by him except one, and its location at the present is unknown to me. It is titled ‘Old Cairo – Abu Syfain’, and signed R Goff 1898. It’s a watercolour painting depicting a Coptic priest, may be a monk, with his pupil inside the historical Church of Abu Syfain (St. Mercurius) in Old Cairo.

For more on Abu Syfain, or Abu’s Sifain, read Butler’s The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt, Volume One, pp. 75-154.

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