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“Interesting and important example of an ancient Egyptian concept” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nilometer

Nilometer
Roda Island, Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #42 of 145 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Dams, Landmarks
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“Interesting and important example of an ancient Egyptian concept”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

If you have some time to spare in the area, this is an interesting place to see. Dating from early Islamic times (though the roof, and beautifully decorated ceiling, is Ottoman), it measured the level of the Nile which allowed officials to judge when to open irrigation canals as well as how successful the harvest might be (which in turn affects the tax rate). The concept is an ancient one in Egypt but this one is historically important for Cairo.

Look for the keeper to purchase a ticket and open the door. He may offer to let you go down the steps into the well/shaft, though I don't know if this would require extra baksheesh.

The site is easily walkable in 10-15 min from Coptic Cairo: you just have to cross the train track and the neighborhood on the other side till you reach the banks of the Nile, from which there's pedestrian bridge to Roda Island.

Visited August 2011
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“Brillian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

The place to be! Situated on an island, in the middle of the Nile, has so panoramic views, nice just to walk around, so sit near the Nile, to observe the area. Nilometer itself is an interesting structure, has many interesting features and you can even get down to the last stage to see how long it is. I was really impressed.

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“Nilometer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

One of the hidden treasures in Cairo. Great place to visit.

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“the nilometer at rodda island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

it so easy to go there because it's so close to coptic cairo,it's just walking distance.
it has a ticket and you can use your camera too which so interesting to carry your camera with you because there is the place where the nile seperated into 2 braches so you can see how wide the nile at these point.aslo there you can visit one the art muesums of a very famous singers who is called omm kalthum.there you can see how the arab tried to be fair to collect the taxes by measuring the level of the nile at the time of flood.

Visited January 2012
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