St. Simon and Zabbaleen

The garbage peoples home

Like at our first visit with Juliana in Cairo she again took us to the Mokattam area so also Maria and Gerhard could get this very special impression. El Mokattam is a mountain at the edge of Cairo with a special religious story. It is linked to St. Simon the Tanner whom a monastery behind the Zabbaleen (Garbage people) village is dedicated.

The Zabbaleen village is mostly inhabited by christians who collect and sort the garbage of Cairo. Both the Sister of Mercy (Mother Theresa) and Sr. Emmanuelle (a Sister of Notre Dame de Sion) did here great work for the education and healthcare of the people.

After driving through the narrow roads of Zabbaleen you get to the Monstery of St. Simon the Tanner with huge churches cut into the rock. You also find special reliefs and figures by an polish artist along the rock.