It is called the Hanging Church because it was built on the southern gate of the Roman Fortress.
Logs of palm trees and layers of stones were constructed above the ruins of the Roman fortress to be used as a fundament.
The cross comes in a number of different forms, some of which are obviously influenced by the older, pagan ankh symbol of eternal life.
Coptic Christianity developed in Egypt under Saint Mark, writer of the Gospel of Mark.
Dating back to Saxon times, it is known that the Benedictine Abbey of St Martin of Seez in Normandy owned the priory.