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Cave Church

The sanctuary of the “Cave Church” (the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

A portrait of a Coptic Christian man standing in the sanctuary of the “Cave Church” (the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

Coptic Christians have a mark on their hand that distinguishes them as a Copt. Here, a Coptic Christian man stands in the sanctuary of the “Cave Church” (the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

A portrait of a Coptic Christian man sitting in the sanctuary of the “Cave Church” (the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

Coptic Christians have a mark on their hand that distinguishes them as a Copt. Here, a Coptic Christian man stands in the sanctuary of the “Cave Church” (the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner) in Cairo, Egypt.

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St. Mark’s Coptic Church

A mosaic depicting Christ’s ascension at St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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St. Mark’s Coptic Church

Touring St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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St. Mark’s Coptic Church

A detail of a mosaic depicting Christ’s ascension at St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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St. Mark’s Coptic Church

A detail of a mosaic depicting Christ’s ascension at St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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Tongo Hills

A large opening under big rocks in Tong Hills, Northern Ghana, provided safe hiding place for the locals from slave raiders.

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Through the Chains

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Cave Church

The presbytery of the Cave Church of the Zabbaleen. This Coptic church is located in the predominantly Christian neighborhood known as “Garbage City” in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

Sanctuary of the Cave Church in Garbage City, Cairo, Egypt.

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Saint Simon the Tanner

A sculpture illustrating a story about Saint Simon the Tanner on display in the Cave Church of the Zabbaleen in Cairo, Egypt. Not to be confused with Simon the Tanner in the New Testament, this man lived in 10th century Egypt and is famous for his involvement in the purported miraculous moving of Mount Mokattam. In this sculpture he is shown brandishing a needle just before gouging his eye out since the woman before him caused him to lust in his heart.

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Elaborate Mosaic

An elaborate mosaic at the Coptic Cave Church illustrations the traditional story of Saint Simon the Tanner and the Coptic community praying under the Virgin Mary’s instruction and literally moving Mount Mokattam.

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Cave Church

The relics of Saint Simon the Tanner on display in the Cave Church of the Zabbaleen. Not to be confused with Simon the Tanner in the New Testament, this man lived in 10th century Egypt and is famous for his involvement in the purported miraculous moving of Mount Mokattam. The Coptic Cave Church is located in the predominantly Christian neighborhood known as “Garbage City” in Cairo, Egypt.

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Cave Church

The nave of the Cave Church of the Zabbaleen. This Coptic church is located in the predominantly Christian neighborhood known as “Garbage City” in Cairo, Egypt.

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Abu Serga

Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century. Beneath the church is a cavern where Copts believe Mary, Joseph and Jesus stayed for three months during their flight to Egypt.

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Abu Serga

Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century. Beneath the church is a cavern where Copts believe Mary, Joseph and Jesus stayed for three months during their flight to Egypt. The nitch in the wall is where the Christ child purportedly slept.

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Abu Serga

Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century. Beneath the church is a cavern where Copts believe Mary, Joseph and Jesus stayed for three months during their flight to Egypt. Beneath the floor is a well where the family purportedly drank.

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