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Monastery of St. Simeon

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Address: Aswan, Egypt
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Tour of St Simeon Monastery in Aswan

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A moving testament of the importance of Egypt in the history of Christianity

This fascinating site is reached by a steep climb up a hill on the west bank of the Nile, and unless you are young and in top condition you may want to consider hiring a camel to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Rand C
Utica, New York
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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This fascinating site is reached by a steep climb up a hill on the west bank of the Nile, and unless you are young and in top condition you may want to consider hiring a camel to make the ascent. Egypt was the only country outside of Palestine that the Holy Family ever visited, and ,as one of the first... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

You get a 45 minute plod through the desert on a mangy camel to "see" St. Simeon's Monastery in the distance. Turns out the monks got tired of the tourists wanting to tour their very ancient buildings and got the government to build them a spectacular new edifice, not open to tourists. Yeah, this isn't a review of the buildings,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites (Arabic: كنيسة مار سمعان العمودي‎‎ Kanīsat Mār Simʿān al-ʿAmūdī) is a historical building located about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Aleppo, Syria. It is one of the oldest surviving Byzantine churchs, dating back to the 5th century. Built on the site of the pillar of St. Simeon Stylites, a famed hermit monk, the church is... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

This is the best of the Monasteries still available to see in Egypt from 400-600 AD. Most of the other popular ones still have monks active in them. St. Simeon has been vacant for hundreds of years but it still has many interesting things to see. A wine press, olive oil press, ovens for baking, small monks rooms where 5... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I took the easy way and went by car to the New Monastery. (You could use a taxi) My hotel made all the arrangements The Coptic Christians also go by car, local transport or by the coachload. The new (working) monastery is in fact a retreat and has rooms for rent at very low cost. There is a shop that... More 

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I heard about this place off of this site and decided to go to see it when I went to Egypt this month. We had a ferry take us over (~$10 r/t) from Aswan to the opposite side of the Nile. From there it was about a 15 minute walk to the monastery. It was hot and you have to... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

We did a camel ride to the monastery from the Nubian village near the steps to the Tombs of the Nobles opposite Assuan town. We paid 15€ for the round trip (excluding entrance to St.Simeon, 2 persons, one camel). Our objective was the camel ride to the monastery and back, not the monastery itself. The approach to the monastery from... More 

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

If you are an old stones lover like me, do not miss this place ! Full of history, and amazing place in between the green Nile and the désert ! Just on thing, if you visit the Nobles tumbs before of after, it is not far, and yes, you can walk there , but mind you: the Sand can be... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

Monastery of St Simeon - We were in Aswan to start our Nile Cruise. This was a nice excursion while we were waiting to sail. We took a private boat across the Nile. We did bring a guide with us but there are people at the site who are guides, I don’t know the price. We also thought this was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

This was somewhat underwhelming, but if you have time, take the time. Boat ride on the Nile, camel ride to the monastery, and an interesting tour of a Christian site. Climbing can be steep and without safety measures, so watch the kids.

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