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Nilometer

Roda Island, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Peaceful

This is a lovely place to go if you can find it. It was used to measure the yearly flood of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Katebird40
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Calne, United Kingdom
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Incredible Cairo Site!

The Nilometer is located at the southern tip of Rhoda Island, which is one of the islands on the... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
ccastellar2017
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Vancouver, Canada
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  • Average11%
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“water level” (4 reviews)
“southern tip” (4 reviews)
“flood water” (2 reviews)
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Roda Island, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to go if you can find it. It was used to measure the yearly flood of the Nile and is well over a 1000 yrs old. There are very few visitors, it doesn't appear to be very well known. It's...More

Thank Katebird40
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Nilometer is located at the southern tip of Rhoda Island, which is one of the islands on the Nile in Cairo. We took a taxi here and were so excited to visit, as it just intrigued us with all the amazing architecture and interior...More

Thank ccastellar2017
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This very ancient vertical tunnel was filled by Nile water running through side-channels at various heights, so as to measure the pressure of the flood water and hence the amount of irrigable land for the next growing season. One can descend some way by steps...More

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 28 March 2017

It's hard to know what to expect from a device whose sole purpose what to measure the depth of floods (which don't happen anymore since the construction of the high dam at Aswan), however, prepare to be impressed.the care and detail that went into the...More

Thank Nsb819
Reviewed 17 December 2016

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...More

Thank Nada P
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...More

1  Thank Debbie H
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.

Thank avalon2020
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

Thank eng_moh_mansour
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...More

Thank Nakiboy13
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...More

Thank dmittleman
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