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Cave Church (St. Simon the Tanner Monastery) Tours

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Cave Church (St. Simon the Tanner Monastery)
Formally known as St. Simon the Tanner Monastery, Cairo’s vast Cave Church pays tribute to a miracle St. Simon (also written St. Samaan or St. Simeon) is believed to have performed. The city’s Coptic Orthodox Christian garbage collectors (Zabbaleen) dug the church out of the Mokattam mountain during the 1970s.
Address: Mokattam Mountain, Qism El­-Khalifa, Cairo, Egypt

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Cave Church of Saint Simon

Cave Church of Saint Simon

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Visit El Mokattam Mountain Cave Church, or the Monastery of St Simon, on a private tour that also explores the magnificent churches of Coptic Cairo.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.00
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$151.00
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

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Visit three pyramids and ancient Egyptian churches on this private, full-day adventure in Cairo. See the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex; the Great Sphinx of Giza on the west bank of the Nile; the Coptic Cairo museum, featuring a collection of ancient Egyptian Christian artwork, objects and manuscripts; and the Monastery of Saint Simon, or the Cave Church, located in the Mokattam mountain. All necessary entrance fees, plus a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.15
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$57.15
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5 Hours Trip from Cairo to El Mokkatm Mountain Cave Church

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5 Hours Trip from Cairo to El Mokkatm Mountain Cave Church

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Discover the cave churches in El Mokattam Mountain on a 3-hour day-trip from Cairo, and discover the remarkable monastery of St. Simon the Tanner. Travel through ‘garbage city,’ home to the mostly-Coptic Zabbaleen trash collectors, learn how the churches were carved into the rock and see the site where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.56
$49.45
$9.89 savings
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$39.56
$49.45
$9.89 savings
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Cave Church of Saint Simon

Cave Church of Saint Simon

Visit El Mokattam Mountain Cave Church, or the Monastery of St Simon, on a private tour that also explores the magnificent churches of Coptic Cairo. You’ll see some of Cairo’s most important Christian sites, including the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, the Church of Saint Barbara, and the Hanging Church, while going beyond sightseeing for a glimpse of ‘garbage city,’ a fascinating Cairo neighborhood that most visitors overlook entirely.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.29
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$114.29
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Private tour to the cave church (Saint Samaan church) and local lunch

Private tour to the cave church (Saint Samaan church) and local lunch

Marvel at Cairo’s UNESCO-listed treasures on a private tour to this amazing historic churches, the seven cave churches carved into the nearby Moqattam Mountain. The Cairo Cave Church (St. Simon the Tanner Monastery) is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeast Cairo. The area is known as ‘garbage city’ due to the large number of garbage collectors or ‘Zabbaleen’ that live there and sort through the city’s waste, recycling up to 80% of it. To reach the Cave Church, visitors must weave through winding alleys before arriving at the entrance to what is believed to be one of the largest engraved monasteries in the world. The Zabbaleen are a minority Coptic Christian group and this gigantic church, which has been carved out of the mountainside and has a seating capacity of up to 20,000, is their place of worship. This 10th century church as it exists today features various motives and sculptures depicting the life of Christ, and an amphitheater surrounding a central pulpit.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.15
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$33.15
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Holy Day Tour: Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church

Holy Day Tour: Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church

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Soak up the unique spiritual atmosphere of Egypt during this private 5-hour exploration of Cairo’s historic churches and synagogues. Wander the atmospheric streets of Cairo’s Coptic District, discovering the country’s Christian history through your stops at historic churches like Abu-Sergah, St. Barbara and the Hanging Church. You’ll also explore Egypt’s Jewish history at the Ben Ezra Synagogue and learn the story of Saint Simon the Tanner, a 10th-century Coptic Orthodox religious figure. Your trip also includes a private Egyptologist guide, entrance fees, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.86
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$42.86
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Guided Tour To The Cave Church

Guided Tour To The Cave Church

Discover Simon the Tanner, also known as Saint Simon the Shoemaker is the Coptic Orthodox saint associated with the story of the moving the Mokattam Mountain in Cairo, Egypt, during the rule of the Muslim Fatimid Caliph al-Muizz Lideenillah while Abraham the Syrian was the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Cave church and hanging church with old Cairo day tour

Cave church and hanging church with old Cairo day tour

It is a unique day tour to lean about Cairo’s rich religious history and heritage. Discover the Cave church known as the Saint Simon Church, Cairo’s UNESCO-listed treasures, located at the garbage city, East of old Cairo. And Explore old Cairo with it's famous old churches; Visit the Hanging Church, visit the Cavern Church, known as the Church of Saint Sergius, and learn more with our expert tour guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.86
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$72.86
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Day Tour To Coptic Cairo, Saint Simon Monastery & Recycling Center.

Day Tour To Coptic Cairo, Saint Simon Monastery & Recycling Center.

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Get the chance to explore different part of history, culture and food as well, visiting the Coptic Cairo as the hanging church from the 3rd century AD, the oldest synagogue, plus saint Simone monastery is life time experience. After picking you up from the hotel or any point of interest, you will start your day visiting the Coptic Cairo, marvel the hanging church ( virgin Mary church ), explore the christian history with your private Egyptologist, visit the Cavern church where the holly family lived for almost three months, adventure the area of the seven churches plus the oldest synagogue allover Egypt. Then visit the garbage city, at the heart of city located the largest church at the middle east, it is inside the beautiful monastery of saint Simon, wonder the christian who are coming from allover Egypt for the mass at this amazing monastery, explore each sculpture of it by the artist Mario, then visit the recycling center after having an authentic Egyptian food.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Cairo Religious Tour

Cairo Religious Tour

It is a unique religious tour of Cairo in which we will visit the hanging church, Saint Sergius church, Saint Simon the tanner monastery (known as the cave church). We will also visit the Jewish Ben Ezra synagogue and the Islamic mosque of Amr. Therefore, it is unique because it has all religions in one tour.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Private Tour of the Tanner Monastery from Cairo

Private Tour of the Tanner Monastery from Cairo

You will find your expert tour guide holding a sign of your name. At the first you will visit to the "Cave Church" in Egypt which is one of the largest churches in the country, one of the world's oldest Christian communities. The cave, also known as the Monastery of Saint Simon, is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo, in an area known as "garbage city" due to the large population of garbage collectors, that live there. Fleeing poor harvests and poverty they came to the city looking for work and set-up makeshift settlements around the city. Initially, they stuck to their tradition of raising pigs, goats, chickens and other animals, but eventually found collecting and sorting of waste produced by the city residents more profitable. The Zabbaleen sort through household garbage, salvaging and selling things of value, while the organic waste provides an excellent source of food for their animals.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

 Private Tour: Coptic Cairo with Hanging Church and st Simon

Private Tour: Coptic Cairo with Hanging Church and st Simon

Discover the historical treasures of the Coptic Christian community on this 3-hour private tour of Coptic Cairo. with your private guide, and visit a medley of early, icon-adorned churches, including the Hanging Church and Abu Serga, where the holy family is said to have found refuge. synagogue temple for Jewish
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Cheap Egypt holiday( Pyramids& holly day tour 3 Days with tour guided)

Cheap Egypt holiday( Pyramids& holly day tour 3 Days with tour guided)

Discover Egypt in three days and enjoy spending the day of the Holy as it allows you to visit the Coptic Cairo and the Church of Saint Simon Church , also do not miss visiting the Pyramids of Giza and spend time next to the Sphinx. Highlights: - Discover Giza Pyramids, Sphinx - Explore Hanging church and Saint Simon Cave -Enjoying Egyptian food -Free Pick up and drop off
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
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