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Monastery of St. Simeon
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Aswan St. Simeon Monastery Private Half-Day Tour...
Ranked #11 of 25 things to do in Aswan
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

We were going to visit the nubian tower high on the hill, but when we crossed the river, a guy came to us to and proposed us to ride a camel towards the tower, the tombs and the monastery. We didn't know about the tombs and the monastery, but the guy insisted and lowered his price... we got one camel for 100 pound for the trip to the monastery, tower and tombs... Good price. The monastery was the best... We had a great guide explaining everything with a lot of humor

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

This fascinating site is reached by a steep climb up a hill on the west bank of the Nile, and unless you are young and in top condition you may want to consider hiring a camel to make the ascent. Egypt was the only country outside of Palestine that the Holy Family ever visited, and ,as one of the first countries to become Christian, Egypt offers fascinating insights into early Christianity. Monasticism, both hermitic and communal, .had its origins in Egypt, and any good Christian will find a visit to this site offers a moving testimony to the faith and fervour of the early Church.

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Reviewed 11 January 2017

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.

1  Thank pat z
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

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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Reviewed 3 August 2016

I took the easy way and went by car to the New Monastery. (You could use a taxi) My hotel made all the arrangements
The Coptic Christians also go by car, local transport or by the coachload. The new (working) monastery is in fact a retreat and has rooms for rent at very low cost. There is a shop that sells soft drinks. This part is not seen if you come by ferry.
To get to the old one you just cross the road and walk a few hundred yards, or ask your driver to carry on past the new one.

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