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Published on Dec 8, 2010
LIVE Session at the famous rock Monastry St. Simon .the monastery is located in the heart of the Mokattam Mountain near cairo. The Monastery of St. Simeon (Dair Anbâ Samâ'an) is located on the west bank of the Nile behind the Zabbaleen(Zabbalin) village. The Zabbaleen village is a village where the garbage collectors of Cairo live. In 1969 the then Governor of Cairo decided to move all of the garbage collectors to one of the hills of Mokattam (Muquattam). In 1987 there were approximately 15,000 people living in the Zabbaleen village.
Reaching the monastery is not an easy feat and is difficult to get to, due to having to wind through the Zabbaleen village. In the early 1900s the monastery was only accessible by either crossing the desert from Qubbet al-Hawa or by sailing across the Nile from Aswân and then walking up the Wâdî al-Qurqur. The monastery, which was originally dedicated to Anbâ Hadra of Aswân, was just recently erected and dedicated to Saint Simeon.