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St Simon the Tanner Monastery

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Address: Mokattam Hills, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Full Day Christian Tour in Cairo with Private Guide and Lunch
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church...
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Half-Day Private Tour of Coptic Cairo Including Saint Simon Church in Moqqatam

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Heaven on earth

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 and impressive wall carvings, they even have churches there carved inside the mountain it is... More 

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Sengata, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. The churches have very unique amphitheatre architecture with the altar located at the central of... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 his storytelling ability.

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Kherson, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 all its history.

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Aswan, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 years ago. They represent stories from the Bible such as the Holy Family journey and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 make me dizzy thinking how they were carved years ago. Enjoy!!

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 built inside the mountain! How is it that this place isn't on every tour guide... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015

"Behind" garbage city (which is worth to be seen as well for curious people) is the monastery St Simon. Not easy to find and you will need a competent guid to take you there. Once inside (no entrance fee) you will be impressed by the amphi theater style open air churches as well by the caves that were dug into... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2015

The ride through the garbage village is more interesting than the monastery itself... idk I was expecting something more grand I guess. Its very pretty anyways with all the carvings on the walls and being inside a cave and all,

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

This is the One place I would suggest a tourist must see. As a friend said "You must go through a hell of Garbage community to reach this heaven" It is an architectural miracle and also a spiritual one, There is a small (yet huge) cave with a church inside, and many visitors do not see it due to the... More 

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