16 Saray El Gezira Street, Zamalek, 7 Sphinx Street, 16 Saray El Gezira Street, Zamalek, New Administrative Capital, Cairo
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Stop At: Cave Church, Mokattam, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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In the morning pick up from your hotel in Cairo and visit the Monastery of Saint Simon, also known as the Cave Church of Zabbaleen. It is located in the Mokattam Mountain, a short drive through the so called "Garbage City’ – a large population of garbage collectors or Zabbaleen that live there.
Several churches have been built into the caves found in Mokattam, First we visit, Saint Simon the Tanner Hall and St. Mark's Church. This huge cave was discovered in the year 1974. It was full of hundreds of tons of stones even up to the ceiling of the cave (which is 17 meters high from the ground), and was later prepared to contain two storeys:
1. The upper storey is the St. Simon the Tanner Hall, with seating capacity of 2000 people for spiritual meetings. The walls are decorated with many wonderful pictures engraved on the rocks representing scenarios from the Bible.
2. The lower storey is St. Mark's Church, which was named after St. Mark the first preacher in Egyptian heritage.
Then we continue and visit the Cathedral of Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner. The church was constructed around in the form of quarter circle to accommodate a few thousands of people and it is the biggest church in the monastery. After the tour transfer back to your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Face masks provided for travelers.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Our guide Therese and driver Medo were fantastic, Therese was very knowledgeable and allowed us to ask questions when needed. The tour was at a great pace and we had plenty of time to take in the beautiful cave churches. The drive there was very eye opening through garbage city. Totally recommend this tour
I have mixed feelings about this tour. Once we got to the Church, the tour guide was awesome. He explained everything and told us about the history of the church. You can tell he was excited to discuss this church.
Unfortunately, getting to the church site is another story. 1 We were not impressed with the individual who picked us up at the hotel. I think he introduced himself but remember. The drive to the church was uneventful and a little scary as the driver was talking on two separate cell phones at almost the same time. Dialing the numbers left me very uneasy.
2 Going through the garbage collectors city to get to the church was a real turn off.
I would not recommend this tour unless a new access to the church was made available.