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St Simon the Tanner Monastery

Mokattam Hills, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Day Trip from Cairo to El Mokkatm Mountain Cave Church
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Full Day Christian Tour in Cairo with Private Guide and Lunch
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  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
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“garbage city” (5 reviews)
“amphitheatre” (2 reviews)
“monks” (2 reviews)
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Mokattam Hills, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

A great Coptic church in mokatam area carved in the cliff. It's not an easy way to reach it but it shouldn't be missed especially if you are christian.

Thank M_Sami5870
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I was unaware of this Monastery when i went there! The cab driver who took us from the Cairo Citadel to Coptic Cairo took us there when he knew that my name is Simon and we will always be grateful to him! The Monastery was...More

Thank SamMakari
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This monastery is located in a very chaotic and hard to reach place in Cairo. To go there, you have to drive through the slums of Mokattam. But after all, you're gonna reach to a very unique distinctive spiritual monastery. The history behind the place...More

Thank Diana O
Reviewed 8 November 2016

such a lovely holy place, although outside its walls is a total different world where all the garbage of Cairo is being collected there, as soon as u enter the monastery gates u feel like being in heaven. so quite inside, with lots of lovely...More

Thank egyptian_falc0n
Reviewed 3 November 2016

The church of St Simon Tanner is a must see in Cairo. Actually there are two churches here, the open air amphitheatre and the smaller one inside a cave. I think these churches were miraculous. They were built inside the caves of Mount Mukattam hills....More

Thank Adrianus D
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

No other place has a monastery in a cave after a garbage city... you will enjoy many little stories that you won't hear elsewhere. Try to look for Mario the Polish monk who does the statues, and for Amm Adel, who will surprise you with...More

Thank 1963consultant
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Stunning small monastery full of history, legend and good energy... This place hidden deep inside of "Garbage city" and hide 2 caves and small Miracle church. This place is free for visitors and has very friendly stuff ho ill sho u the place and tell...More

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 3 January 2016

At the far end of the village, awaits you an unexpected, stunning place; a vast open space lying in the bosom of the hills, with dramatic colored carvings all over the mountain. The carvings were done by a Polish Artist who begun working there several...More

Thank Michael-Mousa
Reviewed 28 December 2015

You must drive through "Garbage City" in order to reach the entrance to this place. IT is free to visit and is a must for historical and photographic purposes. It offers amazing views that are a must see. The carvings in the rock high up...More

Thank Kyle L
Reviewed 11 June 2015

You drive through tiny alleys,through the garbage collectors village where all the garbage of Cairo is sorted and recycled and suddenly you arrive in front of breathtaking church carved into a mountain where the most beautiful sculptures illustrating the life of Christ surround an amphitheater...More

Thank Odile L
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Hud A
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‫لكى تصل الى هناك تستقل سيارة الركاب الجماعى من ميدان رمسيس والتى تتجه الى ميدان السيدة عيشة ومنها الى المقطم وتنزل فى بداية مطلع المقطم امام حى الزبالين ومن هناك ستسير 20 دقيقة حتى تصل الى المكان‬
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