The Cave Cathedral
The Mokattam mountain contains more than
tons of garbage and thousands of garbage collectors. Right in
the middle of it all, something very unusual exists.
A magnificent church, almost as big as a
cathedral, carved inside the mountain.The whole bizarre project
is the brainchild of a very extraordinary Coptic priest.
Father Sama’n is indeed an
extraordinary priest who looks after extraordinary parish: the
Sama’n wanted a church to serve his people. There was non at
the Mokattam. Fr. Sama’n decided to build his own. The result
is this extraordinary church carved from the mountain. A modern
marvel, it is the largest church in the Middle East seating more
than 20,000 people. Fr Sam’an is one of the few who can
claim to have build their church on the rock. Literally.
Although it was created to serve the
zabbaleen community, the cave cathedral, as it called sometimes,
became a spectacular attraction in its own right with its huge
overhanging rock that covers most of the amphitheater.
Just another example to the efforts of some
of the dedicated people for whom nothing is too much trouble to
help the zabbaleen.