Cave church - Moqattam Mountain

There are several shrouded fortunes in Cairo that tourists never think about. Among these, there is the magnificent Cave Church in the Mokattam Mountain. Actually, this was never a congregation. It is the Monastery of St Simon or the Tanner Monastery.

El Moqattam Cave Church, also known as the Monastery of St Simon, is situated in the Moqattam Mountain in the southeast Cairo. The zone is known as the 'garbage city' because of the expansive number of 'Zabbaleen' or garbage collectors that live there and sort through city's waste, reprocessing almost 80% of it.

Reaching Cave Church

To achieve El Moqattam Mountain Cave Church, the visitors must lace through twisting alleys before arriving at entry to what is accepted to be one of the biggest engraved monasteries on planet. The Zabbaleen are a minority Coptic Christian gathering and this monstrous church, which has been carved out of mountainside and has a seating space of up to 20000, is their place of worship.

The cavern church is devoted to Simon the Tanner, an expert holy person who lived amid the tenth century. The congregation as it exists today includes different thought processes and sculptures delineating the life of Christ, and an amphitheater encompassing a central lectern.

Amid the 1950s, countless Egyptians left Upper Egypt and turned to the zone close Al Moqattam Mountain where they began to form this network of garbage gatherer who figured out how to survive and preserve every one of their habits and traditions until today.

Since the travel industry through the forager's village is certifiably not a flourishing industry, achieving the Monastery of St. Simon is no little accomplishment, yet as the largest Christian church inside a bunch of nations, countless individuals make the pilgrimage every year.

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