Cave Church
Cave Church
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  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing I saw in Cairo
    Of all the things I saw in Cairo, including the pyramids, this was the best. Way up in the hills, away from the city, stands the majestic and highly unexpected place of worship. The church is truly beautiful and so unique with Bible verses etched into the rock in different areas. It's free to enter and a really peaceful place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,556 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where is it?
    My hired driver had to stop 3 times at the Garbage City to ask for directions to this attraction. At the entrance, the Guard asked for the license and another ID from my driver. They were returned to him on our way out. The church is small. There are carvings on some outside walls, has ampitheater kind of seating arrangements, and a small altar. Note that along the way to the bottom of the church are pictures on the walls. One of these pictures includes that of Saint Mother Theresa. Garbage City: Note that one passes this place on the way to this attraction. This is where collected thrash are packed and prepared for shipping somewhere. Streets are vey narrow, dirty, and dusty here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Sarah Ossama
    Saqqara, Egypt4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place worth visiting, but you need to make some precautions
    A unique and beautiful place, there are actually 3 churches in this place. I loved the cave church, It's breathtaking. However, It's not easy to reach as it lies in a very poor neighborhood. I highly recommend not taking any photos on your way to the church, as this won't be well tolerated by the residents. Also, if you can go there with someone local it'd be much safer. At the end, the place is worth visiting and the church itself is very safe.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 October 2023
  • cdandoy
    Gilbert, Arizona923 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it!
    So excited to see this after reading about it. We drove through the Garbage District to get there. There are actually 2 churches: a larger and smaller one. Both were great. Detailed carvings in each one and the relics of St Simon.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2024
  • LynnK21
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see. Go
    This was my most memorable experience on this trip. I’ve been to Cairo once before e so had already seen the pyramids but this is such a special place. You drive through ‘garbage city’ to get there - so called because that’s what the people do and live off. Tremendously poor and Christian. They have built these churches into the caves and it’s a spectacular place. Not just one church but I counted 5 and went into 4. The biggest one is a cathedral. There’s also a shrine to the man that was their priest for many years. There are carvings in the rock face and it’s wonderful. There’s no charge and I didn’t see a donation box either and would love to donate. We took a taxi to get there and he waited. Not sure how you’d get there otherwise.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
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LynnK21
Warwickshire, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was my most memorable experience on this trip. I’ve been to Cairo once before e so had already seen the pyramids but this is such a special place. You drive through ‘garbage city’ to get there - so called because that’s what the people do and live off. Tremendously poor and Christian. They have built these churches into the caves and it’s a spectacular place. Not just one church but I counted 5 and went into 4. The biggest one is a cathedral. There’s also a shrine to the man that was their priest for many years.
There are carvings in the rock face and it’s wonderful. There’s no charge and I didn’t see a donation box either and would love to donate.
We took a taxi to get there and he waited. Not sure how you’d get there otherwise.
Written 2 April 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
So excited to see this after reading about it. We drove through the Garbage District to get there. There are actually 2 churches: a larger and smaller one. Both were great. Detailed carvings in each one and the relics of St Simon.
Written 18 March 2024
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
You would never expect to see such a large and unusual church in a Muslim country. It is ncredible to see how the 2 churches are carved into the side of the mountain. Go and see it.
Written 14 February 2024
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Sarah Ossama
Saqqara, Egypt4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A unique and beautiful place, there are actually 3 churches in this place. I loved the cave church, It's breathtaking. However, It's not easy to reach as it lies in a very poor neighborhood. I highly recommend not taking any photos on your way to the church, as this won't be well tolerated by the residents. Also, if you can go there with someone local it'd be much safer. At the end, the place is worth visiting and the church itself is very safe.
Written 26 October 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
My hired driver had to stop 3 times at the Garbage City to ask for directions to this attraction. At the entrance, the Guard asked for the license and another ID from my driver. They were returned to him on our way out.

The church is small. There are carvings on some outside walls, has ampitheater kind of seating arrangements, and a small altar. Note that along the way to the bottom of the church are pictures on the walls. One of these pictures includes that of Saint Mother Theresa.

Garbage City: Note that one passes this place on the way to this attraction. This is where collected thrash are packed and prepared for shipping somewhere. Streets are vey narrow, dirty, and dusty here.
Written 21 October 2023
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Lukas S
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Really interesting church, you have to go through garbage city to get there so it is a real adventure and you wont forget it! The church area is like an oasis, clean, fresh air, nice and the churches are interesting - yes, there is many churches 😁 and there is even zip line and small adrenaline park on the end of the road.
Written 30 June 2023
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Sarah L
London, UK3,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Of all the things I saw in Cairo, including the pyramids, this was the best. Way up in the hills, away from the city, stands the majestic and highly unexpected place of worship. The church is truly beautiful and so unique with Bible verses etched into the rock in different areas. It's free to enter and a really peaceful place to visit.
Written 12 June 2023
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Allen H
Little Rock, AR244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Simply awesome! The Cave Church was on my must see list and it exceeded expectations!
Simply amazing! So much to see and take in, it was almost overwhelming.
Written 4 June 2023
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PaulR
Ben Lomond, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It may not be on many tour group itineraries, as the route to it is through a distressed area but is very much worth the visit.
Written 8 March 2023
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Jatita
Washington, DC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Not to be missed. It is close to the Citadel and City of the Dead but not on typical tourist itineraries. The carvings of biblical stories and the presence of such as large worship space is quite striking. The way to the Cave Church takes you through the Garbage City and gives you opportunity to realize how a city as big as Cairo functions.
Written 7 January 2023
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