Cave Church

Cave Church, Cairo

Cave Church
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Haeli G
7 contributions
Take better care
Feb 2021
This cave and surroundings need better attention. Why is the concerned authorities not giving this magnificent church needed care?
Written 21 February 2021
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DamiB
La Condamine, Monaco110 contributions
a mesmerizing open-air church
Feb 2021
such tranquility in this grandiose place, hidden in the Mokattam mountains at the entry of Cairo's "Garbage City" - don't let the name of the neighborhood put you off, it's actually an amazing experience in itself
Written 15 February 2021
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Takarasina
572 contributions
A gem among piles of waste
Nov 2020
Cairo's Garbage city literally consists of it. The stench is not for lacking mettle, views from your car's windows bring back memories of how nice life in your country is. But if these windows are closed and A/C is on then the stench stays outside and you will be rewarded for your resilience - the church is excellent!
The Copts built and sanctified it not that long time ago, in 1975. They did it without any help from the authorities, through crowdfunding. It looks very impressive, even gorgeous. Erected on the hill it's safe from the Garbage city miasms and believers inside do not look like slumdogs or slabs at all - well-groomed, elegantly dressed, smelling with perfume, not with rotting filth.
It's allowed to both film and take pictures there - just respect those who came to prey.
A beauty.
Written 9 November 2020
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Judy
Greater Sydney, Australia11 contributions
superb and beautiful
Mar 2020
I just love this place. It is peaceful and the rock carvings are incredible. The story of the miracle of Mokattam is also very special.
Written 24 July 2020
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cottonels
Peterborough, Canada100 contributions
Not to be missed. Fascinating Christian church in this predominantly Muslim country.
Feb 2020
Part of the appeal of the Cave Church was the route we had to take to get there. We travelled through Garbage City where the recycling for the city of Cairo is done. All modes of transportation were observed and we saw how the people of Cairo lived.
We met a group of wonderfully curious school children at the church, many of whom spoke English and all of whom wanted to have their picture taken with us. One of the highlights of our trip.
The cave itself is huge and very impressive.
A site not to be missed.
Written 13 June 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada861 contributions
Incredible Church Carved from Rock
May 2019
​Despite its slumish appearance, Garbage City is home to the largest church in the Middle East - Saint Simon Church (also called the Cave Church) - and is a fascinating feat of architectural design. This is a Coptic Christian church which is carved out of rock and is used by the Garbage City Christians as a place of worship and also rented out for concerts and performances. It seats over 15,0000 people and its natural acoustics make it a perfect spot to listen to music or an inspiring sermon.

We went with a guide so we were able to drive right up to the entrance. It was an interesting drive through the neighbourhood where the term recycling it taken very seriously. Fascinating.
Written 27 April 2020
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jkoonts
Winston-Salem17 contributions
Amazing
Feb 2020
Hire a guide to take you to the church. It is literally carved out of the side of the stone mountain. Worth a half-day tour. You'll also see the hanging church.
Written 29 February 2020
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StudioCoolPilates
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions
St. Simon Cave Church and St. Marcus Church
Dec 2019 • Couples
It was an amazing experience to see those churches. Do not miss to visit both churches. There is parking opportunity on a regular day visit.
Written 19 January 2020
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Iahirdis
Edam137 contributions
Impressive church in interesting surrounding
Jan 2020
If you have the time and like to see local life this is an interesting trip. To get to the church you will drive trough Mokattam village, also know on the internet as Garbage City. The people live of the recycling of plastics, carton etc. It is best not to use the term Garbage City when speaking to Egyptians, because they seem not proud of the nickname and are wondering why you want to go there. The combination with the church will make it worth your while.
Written 15 January 2020
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AHJJ Ontario CA
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
Christianity In Egypt
Dec 2019 • Family
Very good church and monastery developments in the poorest area of Cairo. The recycling area needs more world help to improve kids and people healthy environments?
Written 6 January 2020
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