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Cave Church

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Address: Mokattam, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Phone Number: +20 2 25123666
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Private Guided Day Tour to Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum and Hanging Church in...
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Private Day Tour: Giza Pyramids, Old Cairo, and El Mokattam Mountain Cave Church
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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Different View of Islamic Egypt

I went on a guided tour with some friends. I wasn't totally into the "Bible lesson" I got with the tour, but some of the stories behind it being built was pretty interesting. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went on a guided tour with some friends. I wasn't totally into the "Bible lesson" I got with the tour, but some of the stories behind it being built was pretty interesting. The strange thing about it is that you have to travel through Garbage City to get to it. I recommend going if you want to do "something... More 

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Lagos, Nigeria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place itself is really beautiful, it is such a shame that they are doing new carvings on the mountain and walls, that breaks with the "antique" experience, Mario is a great artist but I do not think they should be doing carvings at all....

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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This church is an extraordinary testament to how a few people with vision and passion can change a community and move mountains.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A monastery is a building or complex of buildings comprising the domestic quarters and workplaces of monastics, monks or nuns, whether living in communities or alone (hermits). A monastery generally includes a place reserved for prayer which may be a chapel, church or temple, and may also serve as an oratory. Monasteries vary greatly in size, comprising a small dwelling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

you feel you are in a very special place when you arrive , when you see the area from out site you couldnot imagine that you will find this special place in this area , i recommend everyone to visit it , its a great experience

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a taxi or driver ut through Garbage City and on to the cave church. the Chrirch provides free guides who are extremely knowledgable.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is impressive how the church was craved in the walls of a rock and it's size as it is located in an Islamic state. Never been to a service there but I'm sure it would be once in a lifetime experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my favorite place to visit in Cairo. The stories they told of how they built it and how the local Bishop survived threats from the majority religion were worth the whole trip. I was amazed at the 3 sanctuaries that are build within caves and all of the carvings in the walls. I also appreciated that I wasn't... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this unique place but had to go through the dumping area, very dirty and smells sooo bad, be prepared for this. Visited the three churches and enjoyed around 2 hours tour listening to the guide. It's worth the visit if you have time. زرت كنيسة القديس سمعان في المقطم في مصر و المكان يستحق الزياره اذا توفر الوقت. لا... More 

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Sengata, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The cave church is a unique kind of church. It was not build as common churches were, but it was situated inside a cave. This is a rare type of church and worth to visit while in Cairo. Walk inside the church to feel the cool air. Sit on one of the hundreds chairs formed semi circular facing the central... More 

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