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Nilometer

Roda Island, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Little gem

I have not been inside, but even outside it looked charming. If your Nile lunch/dinner cruising... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
OksanaLv
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Lviv, Ukraine
Wonderful Experience

The place is wonderful, beautifully constructed and amazingly architected. Normally the guy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
waqarsarwar
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
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“water level” (5 reviews)
“southern tip” (5 reviews)
“flood water” (2 reviews)
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Roda Island, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not been inside, but even outside it looked charming. If your Nile lunch/dinner cruising boat will float not far from Manasterly palace, you'll see Nilometer too.

Thank OksanaLv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is wonderful, beautifully constructed and amazingly architected. Normally the guy checking the tickets is himself explaining the history and purpose of this place. The location is very serene at the Roda Island and it is a perfect example of historic water measurement techniques...More

Thank waqarsarwar
Reviewed 13 December 2017

At a very nice and quiet location at the southern tip of Roda Island it is a good example of a historic water measurement device. The water level of the Nile is and has been important for centuries. This nilometer dates from the 8th century...More

Thank Robert937
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

I've heard about this place and had time so decided to go visit it, when i arrived there i couldn't believe my eyes. That place was soooo wonderful, spectacular, the construction is so incredible, the guy that checks the ticket is soooo nice he explained...More

2  Thank amiragh
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Although everyone knows the Nileometer measured the annual flood, very few know how to find it! It’s tucked away at the end of Roda Island, behind the Umm Kalthoum Museum. It’s not even marked as being there. Very small, you go down a few steps,...More

1  Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 23 August 2017 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 21 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
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