This area is located opposite of the Saint Simon Church, which is also called the Cave Church

This area is located opposite of the Saint Simon Church, which is also called the Cave Church

The Monastery of Saint Simon is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo in a area called Zabbaleen

The Monastery of Saint Simon is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo in a area called Zabbaleen

The Zabbaleen translates as the

The Zabbaleen translates as the "Garbage People" which refers to the Chrisitian minority who live in the area and collect garbage

This Coptic church was established in 1975 beside the Mokattam Hill later two additions were made in order to enlarge it

This Coptic church was established in 1975 beside the Mokattam Hill later two additions were made in order to enlarge it

Here Jesus is depicted on the Mokattam Hill

Here Jesus is depicted on the Mokattam Hill

Another depiction of Jesus beside the hill - the area around the church was much cleaner as compared to the Zabbaleen which I had to pass through in order to reach here

Another depiction of Jesus beside the hill - the area around the church was much cleaner as compared to the Zabbaleen which I had to pass through in order to reach here

The Monastery of Saint Simon is  named after the Coptic Saint, Simon the Tanner, who lived in Egypt at the end of the 10th century

The Monastery of Saint Simon is named after the Coptic Saint, Simon the Tanner, who lived in Egypt at the end of the 10th century

This is the largest church in Egypt, apart from the religious gatherings, this church is also famous among tourists for it's beautiful engravings made in the hill

This is the largest church in Egypt, apart from the religious gatherings, this church is also famous among tourists for it's beautiful engravings made in the hill

The Scene of Nativity is depicted here, close to the entrance of the cave

The Scene of Nativity is depicted here, close to the entrance of the cave

On the face of the Mokattam Hill, a series of religious art work is created by many international artists

On the face of the Mokattam Hill, a series of religious art work is created by many international artists

A side view of the Mokattam Hill - this hill is almost visible from all corners of Cairo

A side view of the Mokattam Hill - this hill is almost visible from all corners of Cairo

A bus coming out of the parking area of the church

A bus coming out of the parking area of the church

Facade of the church, this section of the church is located on the ground level

Facade of the church, this section of the church is located on the ground level

To the left of the building stairs are created which bring visitors to the bottom of the St. Simon's Cave Church

To the left of the building stairs are created which bring visitors to the bottom of the St. Simon's Cave Church

This passage is created for quick access or for those who have mobility issues

This passage is created for quick access or for those who have mobility issues

This Cave Church has a beautiful amphitheater which can hold up to 20,000 people

This Cave Church has a beautiful amphitheater which can hold up to 20,000 people

A large projection screen is shown here with the main body of the church in the background

A large projection screen is shown here with the main body of the church in the background

Rows of seats seen from inside the church, it also shows the natural look of the cave

Rows of seats seen from inside the church, it also shows the natural look of the cave

This seating area of the church is also used for the spiritual meetings and events

This seating area of the church is also used for the spiritual meetings and events

Bottom of the Cave Church - remains of St. Simon are also located at this site

Bottom of the Cave Church - remains of St. Simon are also located at this site

In this photo, to the right are the stairs which gives access to more flat area - to the left are the seats and stairs

In this photo, to the right are the stairs which gives access to more flat area - to the left are the seats and stairs

A close view of the wooden seats and paintings at the wall which is facing the seating area

A close view of the wooden seats and paintings at the wall which is facing the seating area