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 were in one room at a time. A long hallway between them.
I enjoyed the chapel with paintings still in the naive. It also has a hole where the elements of the holy communion were passed from a hidden room behind to the priest. Also in the back of the chapel in the room carved into the mountain (church built around it) where Anba Hatre would connect tie a rope to his hair while standing reading scripture and it would keep him away when he would "nod" off.
Great site with a wealth of information on how the monks lived 1500 years ago.
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