The Saint Simon Monastery Tour

The Saint Simon Monastery Tour

Get off the beaten path - visit Moqqtam Mountain its famous Monastery

40 EUR / pers.
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Get off the beaten path - visit Moqqtam Mountain its famous Monastery

40 EUR / pers.

Description

1-10people
5 hours
Cairo
your hotel

Saint Simon the Tanner (St. Sama'an, in Arabic) lived towards the end of the tenth Century when Egypt was ruled by the Fatimid Caliph, Al- Muizz and Anba Abram was the Coptic Pope. At the time, the Copts (Christians) in Egypt were engaged in handicrafts. St Simon worked in one of the crafts widespread in Babylon (Old Cairo) which was tanning, a craft still known there till this day. This profession involved also other crafts that depend on the process, from where he carried several titles related to skins; St Simon the Tanner, the Cobber, the Shoemaker. The Monastery, located on the opposite side of the road leading to the Citadel contains seven Churches and Chapels hidden in a series of caves in the Mokattam (Muqattam) hills. The Monastery was erected and dedicated to him a thousand years after his miracl...

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Highlights

  • cave church
  • ct simonthe tanener
  • miracle of moving the mountain
  • religious tour

Experience type

What's included

  • entry fees
  • private guide
  • private car
  • bottle of water
  • tea

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