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Nilometer

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Address: Roda Island, Cairo, Egypt

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Nice architecture on the river Nile

A Nilometer was a structure for measuring the Nile River's clarity and water level during the annual flood season. It was a step-like structure that measured how high the flood... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Nada P
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Nilometer was a structure for measuring the Nile River's clarity and water level during the annual flood season. It was a step-like structure that measured how high the flood would be. If it was low, there would be famine. The Nilometer was used to predict harvest (and taxes) linked to the rise and fall of the Nile River.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The Nilometer is right next door to the more clearly signposted Oum Kalthoum Museum on the edge of Rhoda Island. The views alone from here are beautiful. The Nilometer looks amazing from the outside and appears closed as at the moment due to lack of tourist traffic it is not left open. But if you find one of the guards... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Not a high-priority attraction in Cairo, but interesting to see, if you have some extra time. On the same island as the Omm Kathoum Museum and Manial Palace. On pleasant grounds along the Nile.

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Caior
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Know how measuring the Nile clarity and water level during the annual flood season at past with amazing architecture style related to Ottoman empire

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Located on the southernmost tip of picturesque Roda island, the Nilometer has been restored in all its beauty. The housing around the structure itself is also impressive, not least the gilded wooden roof. The gardens around and stunning river views offer a touch of tranquility (reminiscent of upriver) in central Cairo.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Many Nilometers have come and gone. This beautiful one remains. It is a bit of a walk from the entrance to get to the structure. It was locked when I visited. It took 15 minutes to find the guardian to open the doors. Beautiful and ingeniously built, take a guide to describe all the nuances of the architecture. The spot... More 

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Sydney
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

Difficult to get to depending on the traffic but that's nothing new in Cairo. Got there at 3.30pm and signs says closed at 4pm but wouldn't let me in. Nilometer is in the grounds of the museum of Umm Kolthoum, an Egyptian singer, which I'm sure is great but I only wanted to see the meter and didn't even get... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

That Nilometer is a beauty from the other side of the Nile. If you get closer, you will also enter the old Palace which was destroyed to build some ugly government building instead, and the remaining part is now falling apart. The poor Um-Kolthoum museum is horrible displayed and so on. The only remaining part is our Nilometer, and is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

If you have more than a few days to spend in Cairo as a tourist, or if you will be living here for a while, The Nilometer on Rawdah Island is worth visiting. I declined the opportunity to descend the steps to the bottom because I was wearing the wrong shoes and there were no handrails and somewhat uneven steps.... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

The Nilometer is an Ottoman period construction at the tip of Roda Island and was used to measure the level of the annual inundation - since the Aswan high dam was built, the building is not serving its original function but can be visited - adjacent is the Om Kalthoum museum with artifacts from career of Egypt's most famous singer... More 

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