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Cave Church, Cairo

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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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  • This cave and surroundings need better attention. Why is the concerned authorities not giving this magnificent church needed care?  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »

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