Cool looking “cave church”

These fascinating pictures are from this story about the ongoing violence against Egypt’s Coptic Christians.  Reminds me a bit of the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.

Mokatam is also the site of one of the most unusual churches in the Middle East: the Church of St. Samaan (Simon) the Tanner, popularly known as the ‘cave church.’ Despite its huge Coptic population, Garbage City had no church at first, and the government stymied attempts to get permission to build one. The Copts then deepened the caves in the hill overshadowing their warren of streets and began to meet and worship there. Now the largest of the caves will hold over 10,000 people, and regularly does.

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