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Half Day in Cairo – Mokattam Rock Churches and City Stars Mall

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Duration

5 Hours

Cancellation

Up to 2 days

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

Overview

Egypt has a percentage of Christian population known as Coptics who have a good relationship with the predominant Muslim society in current times. However, the past history has shown that it has not always been easy for Christians in Egypt as they were pushed aside with the rule of Islam since the Ottoman invasion and often were often evicted from their local communities and churches.
Known as the Zabalin people in Cairo, this poor Christian community were forced out of their homes in 1970 and built tin shacks as homes which sadly, got burnt down. At this point, they moved to the Mokattam area which is a large high area of rocks. In 1976, they began to carve away at the rocks and constructed several churches built inside the rocks.
These days, the largest and most incredible Rock Church is known as the Church of St Simeon El- Kharraz and can accommodate up to an incredible 2,000 worshipers. Inside it is awe inspiring and hard to believe they could create such a magnificent holy place with limited materials.
In total contrast is the ultra-modern and enormous shopping Mall known as City Stars in the district of Nasr City where many upmarket Egyptians live and work. We know how people love a good shopping experience, even on holiday! City stars has a total of over 750 units ranging from top fashion and sports brands, children’s goods, cosmetics, coffee shops, furniture, cinemas, children’s play area pharmacies, souvenirs and its own food hall with a huge range of cuisines ranging from branded fast food chains to Egyptian dishes, Chinese, Italian and more. The elevators have many floors with glass mirrored lifts taking you to the very top of the mall for a breathtaking view looking down.

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What you will do

Rock Churches of Mokattam
Pick up from your Hotel in Cairo with your driver and Guide to be taken to the stunning Rock Churches of Mokattam. On arrival, the views from the outside is fascinating so a good chance to take your photographs. You will get the opportunity to visit the most famous Rock Church of St Simeon El – Kharraz and be amazed at the immense size of its interior with seating and room for over 2000 churchgoers.
City Stars Mall
After a wander around, your driver will continue on to the district of modern Nasr City for your free time at the gigantic City Stars Mall for your ultimate shopping experience. Time to eat at one of the many food outlets and mixture of cuisines in the food hall and take home some shopping memories for loved ones and of course yourself!
After your visit, your driver will collect you from a meeting point outside the Mall for your ride back to the Hotel in Cairo.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport to and from Hotel in Cairo
  • Air conditioned Vehicle
  • English speaking Guide
  • Any entrance fees
  • Free shopping time
  • Visit to Mokattam Rock Church
  • Visit to City Stars Mall
  • Any taxes or fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide / Driver

Languages

English

Activity's Location

Created with Sketch. Egypt

FAQs

What i need to Know?
Children aged 0-5 will be free of charge and ages 6 - 11 will pay 50 % of the tour cost. Above 12 years will be considered as adults and adult rates applicable.
If cancelled before 48 hours no cancellation fees will be charged and Charges will be applicable for any cancellation charged after 48 hours of the tour date.
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