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Monastery of St. Simeon
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Tour of St Simeon Monastery in Aswan
Ranked #16 of 38 things to do in Aswan
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Worth the Visit”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I took the public ferry across the Nile for 1 pound to the Tomb of the Nobles, then negotiated a camel ride to the monastery. The camel ride was close to 25 minutes. You can walk to the monastery but it would be a long walk. I think folks that walk depart from the Aga Khan area, there are also camels for hire there too.

The monastery is very interesting and well worth the cost and time to visit. You need about an hour and a half to take it all in. The tomb guard will guide you through the complex, and one is needed, unless you have a guide book that points out all of the sights.

I saw rooms where they slept, studies, the mill stones, where they made wine, did laundry, baked bread, and prayed. I suggest making a stop here, it is worth your time and was a fun place to explore.

Take water with you, as there is no place to buy any. Also, I don't recall seeing a bathroom. I didn't need one, so one may be on the premises.

Visited March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful and thought provoking place”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

St Simeon's monesatry is a palce you really should visit on your trip to Aswan. On the Western hills above the city, it originally seems an uninteresting place, which is hard to get to. However, please persevere! Take a local fellucca to the foot of the mountain and get them to wait while you either walk or take a camel up the hill. (take a camel, they are cheap and they need the buisness.) The Monastry is beautiful, deserted and ultimately photogenic. Look out for the arabic graffitui on the walls.and enjoy the solitude. This place is really worth a visit, with panoramic views over the Nile.

Visited September 2011
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Grafton Australia
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“Mud Brick Monastery!!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

We visited Aswan in December 2011. We contacted Aswan Individual months before to help us organise the activities we wanted to do whilst there. Look them up on TA they are an excellent company to deal with, who help and employ local people.They suggested we take a camel trek from the west bank first to see the Tombs of the Nobles ( excellent) and then go 4kms into the desert parallel to the Nile to see the 11th Cent Monastery of St Simeon. We found it very interesting, and I feel a must see while visiting Aswan.It's in remarkable condition for both it's age and the materials used to build it. After the monastery we then camel trekked to the Nile's edge about 1.5kms, passing the Mausoleum of Aga Khan, where we met our felucca captain Sero who took us for a ride around first Kitcheners Island and to see the botanical gardens there, and then Elephantine Island where we had lunch at his home. A perfect day which remains a highlight of our time there. Entry to the Monastery was 25LE/EGP.
TIP:-You can walk there if you don't like camel rides, but in summer it would be very hot. You could catch a motor boat ( 5 LE) from the East bank, from one of the wharves closest to the Elephantine Island and then walk up to see the Tombs and then walk close to the west bank of the river, and then walk the 1.5 kms inland across the desert dunes to see the monastery.
To see the actual monastery takes about an hour, but to walk there and back and see everything dedicate a morning or afternoon to see it and the tombs.

Visited December 2011
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“very interesting”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

Enjoyed the boat ride, and then the walk through the desert

Visited February 2012
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“no camels”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Decided was too old to fall off a camel, so walked up from the boat landing and it took no more than 10 - 15 minutes up steep path. Monastery picturesque and very interesting, lots to look at inside, with the help of young guide, whose English wasn't great. Could also look inside Coptic school area and gaze at Aga Khan's mausoleum, not open to public. Great boat trip over to it too. Highly recommended.

Visited January 2012
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