The bone church in the Czech Republic, Colombia’s Las Lajas Sanctuary and Temppeliaukio Church in Finland are some of the most beautiful and unusual churches in the world – now you can also add this cave church in Egypt to that list.
The Monastery of Saint Simon is a massive church built in the 1970s for Cairo’s Zabbaleen community. One of the biggest Christian churches in the Middle East, the monastery can seat a whopping 20,000 people in the central cavern alone.
Other nearby caves have been excavated to create an interconnecting complex of churches and public areas that include schools, an education centre and kindergarten.
Located in a non-touristy and remote district of Cairo, transport options there are limited and difficult for non-Arab speaking travelers. However if you do make the journey you will be rewarded with one of the most unusual and interesting churches on Earth.
Images via Omnia Arfin
Via Atlas Obscura