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, but we were suckered into this one as a "visit" to the monastery. Find a real visit opportunity.
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