The Cave Church of St. Simon in Mokattam

The Coptic Monastery of Saint Simon on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, is not all that ancient, but it is magnificent. Built in 1976, it holds 20,000 people! The church serves the Zabbaleen, a group of former farmers who migrated to Cairo in the 1940s and became garbage workers. They settled near the cliffs of the Mokattam quarries and a eventually built the church right into the cliffside. See more pictures at Amusing Planet. Link -via mental_floss

(Image credit: Flickr user vagabondblogger)

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