Visitors looking at one of the Christian wall paintings

Room 66

Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt

AD 400 – present day

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Opening times

Daily: 10.00–17.00 (Fridays: 20.30)
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Over the past two thousand years, Egypt and Ethiopia have been home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.

The objects in this gallery reflect Egypt and Ethiopia's place within a wider Christian historical context, and highlight exchange with other cultures and traditions.

The churches of Egypt and Ethiopia trace their lineage back to Saint Mark the Evangelist, author of one of the Gospels. Egypt and Ethiopia were closely connected through diplomatic and economic activity along Red Sea trade routes. By about AD 350, the archbishop of Alexandria in Egypt had appointed a Syrian called Frumentius as bishop of Aksum in Ethiopia.

Take a virtual tour

Explore the theme of religion through the objects on display in Room 66, using Google Street View.

Painting of religious procession plus other objects on display in Room 66. ©2020 Google.


  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language multimedia guide. This resource is temporarily unavailable. You can access a selection of BSL films on your own device.
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