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Cave Church

327 Reviews

Cave Church

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Mokattam, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Explore Coptic and Islamic Cairo with ease—without transport woes or getting lost—on this shared-group tour. Skip cabs, maps, and mobile apps; and focus instead on the sights, from Abu Serga and the Hanging Church to Ben Ezra Synagogue and Cairo’s main mosques. Plus, hear facts and history from your guide that you could miss if alone. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included to complete your day.
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Takarasina wrote a review Nov. 2020
314 contributions52 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Judy wrote a review Jul. 2020
Greater Sydney, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
cottonels wrote a review Jun. 2020
Peterborough, Canada101 contributions26 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kim G wrote a review Apr. 2020
Toronto, Canada862 contributions149 helpful votes
​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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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jkoonts wrote a review Feb. 2020
Winston-Salem17 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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