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Some of the world’s most unusual church buildings

A recent article in the Daily Mail features some of the more unusual church buildings in the world. The churches are from a book entitled Amazing Churches of the World written by Michael Kerrigan. In its article, the Daily Mail provides several photos of the word’s most unusual churches from Kerrigan’s book: READ: Ornate basilicas, cave chapels and even a glass HIGH-HEELED SHOE for weddings: Incredible images of the world’s most jaw-dropping churches, from Hawaii to Taiwan via England In his book, Kerrigan discuses a raft church in Cambodia, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, Iceland reminiscent of Helms Deep in Lord of the Rings and Oakland’s Christ the Light chapel and its amazing display of natural lighting via windows. It also includes the Glass-high-heeled church in Taiwan. That serves basically as a wedding chapel. I have discussed a couple of the churches that Kerrigan cites in previous articles including the abandoned Chicken Church in Indonesia that was inspired by vision given Daniel Alamsjah, while working in Jakarta, Indonesia. And the giant Cave Church built into Mokattam mountain, …

Inside Egypt's cave church where 70,000 meet in services on a weekly basis. The church can seat 20,000 inside and thousands more outside. Photo: vagabondblogger/Flickr/Creative Commons

Egyptian cave church has 70,000 people attending services every week

I was surprised to find out one of the largest churches in the world is found in Egypt. With the increased activity of Muslim militants, Christians are increasingly under threat in the Middle East and many are leaving. But in the midst of this turmoil, a church thrives in Mokattam mountain located southeast of Cairo, Egypt. Over 70,000 people attend the weekly services held at the Coptic church built into the mountain, that is part of the ancient Monastery of Saint Simon. The church itself holds about 20,000 people including those who sit inside and out. There are also several other chapels built in caves inside the mountain that connect with the main sanctuary. Though a Coptic church, it has a definite Charismatic flavor as you can see in a video of a service below as the congregation sings “Emmanuel”: So who attends this church? Most of them are Zabbaleens, literally “garbage people.” They etch out a living pouring through Cairo’s (population 6.8 million) massive garbage dumps. The Zabbaleens were originally farmers who came to …