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Monastery of St. Simeon

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Address: Aswan, Egypt
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US$ 38.00*
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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery
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Tour of St Simeon Monastery in Aswan

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there are to monasteries at the place, an ancient one and a new one, and both worth a visit, they tell you about the history of monasticism in this area centuries ago with much... read more

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Alexandria, Egypt
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Reviewed 1 week ago

there are to monasteries at the place, an ancient one and a new one, and both worth a visit, they tell you about the history of monasticism in this area centuries ago with much wealth about Coptic history, definitely worth a visit

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Leuven, Belgio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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,... More 

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Thank pat z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites (Arabic: كنيسة مار سمعان العمودي‎‎ Kanīsat Mār Simʿān al-ʿAmūdī) is a historical building located about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Aleppo, Syria. It is one of the oldest surviving Byzantine churchs, dating back to the 5th century. Built on the site of the pillar of St. Simeon Stylites, a famed hermit monk, the church is... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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... More 

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Culpeper, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I heard about this place off of this site and decided to go to see it when I went to Egypt this month. We had a ferry take us over (~$10 r/t) from Aswan to the opposite side of the Nile. From there it was about a 15 minute walk to the monastery. It was hot and you have to... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

We did a camel ride to the monastery from the Nubian village near the steps to the Tombs of the Nobles opposite Assuan town. We paid 15€ for the round trip (excluding entrance to St.Simeon, 2 persons, one camel). Our objective was the camel ride to the monastery and back, not the monastery itself. The approach to the monastery from... More 

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Marseille, France
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Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

If you are an old stones lover like me, do not miss this place ! Full of history, and amazing place in between the green Nile and the désert ! Just on thing, if you visit the Nobles tumbs before of after, it is not far, and yes, you can walk there , but mind you: the Sand can be... More 

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