Where You’ll Go
Explore the cave churches in El Mokattam Mountain on this Cairo Day Tour and discover the amazing monastery of St. Simon the Tanner. Journey through ‘garbage city,’ residence to the mostly-Coptic Zabbaleen trash collectors, find out how the churches were engraved into the rock and observe the spot where the Virgin Mary is alleged to have appeared.
What You’ll See / Experience
At first visit the monastery of Saint Simon the Tanner which is situated inside the mountain. The monastery on this Cairo Day tour comprises of seven churches; all of them are imprinted inside the mountain. Your guide will present you and preface about the Christianity of Egypt. How Christianity started in Egypt and what is the implication of Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt. Your guide will clarify how they carved the church, how was El Mokattam Mountain was moved from the north of Cairo to the centre, enjoy some free moment inside the church. You will also get the opportunity to catch some grand photos from the mountain.
When You’ll Go
This 3 hour Cairo day tour normally heads off at 9:00am from Cairo or Giza Hotels. Driver or guide also drops you in hotel at the end of the trip. A dress code is necessary to go into places of devotion and special museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may encounter refused entry if you fail to conform to these dress codes.