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Cave Church, Cairo

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Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Cave Church represents a local Coptic church built below huge slabs of limestone. Established in 1975, the church dedicated to Simon the Tanner has an amphitheater with a capacity of 2,000 seats, making it the largest church in the Middle East. Run by a community of Coptic garbage collectors, the church spans 1,000 sq m (10,764 sq ft) featuring icons, frescos, and other Orthodox regalia. You will reach the church following many winding pathways. The church also has an education center, a school for the deaf, and a playground for kids. Add Cave Church and other attractions to your Cairo trip itinerary using our Cairo holiday planner.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • ​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...  more »

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