Monastery of St. Simeon
Monastery of St. Simeon
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herculesmom
Cancun, Mexico, North America137 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Traveled by water taxi, then by camel across the desert to the monastery. Used a local guide who walked us thru the site and shared its history and significance. Nothing set up for tourists to read so you either need a local guide or a guidebook in hand. No other educational aides present. Camel ride to site worth doing for the experience, though it seems some were able to arrive by jeep. No one at the site during our visit. May be either luck or this site is not well visited which gave us time to roam and explore without the crowds. Uneven paths and one person stumbled, so mind your footing.
Written 6 September 2023
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Martin
5 contributions
Feb 2023
Huge monastery in the desert. few tourists Definitely worth going although location has faced significant destruction.
Written 24 February 2023
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Robert P N
Los Angeles, CA2,414 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
This monastery even though it sits in the middle of the unprotected desert. Is very well preserved. You can climb stairs. See the views that they had and envision life a thousand years ago. We like it.
Written 11 February 2023
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CharHugh
Perth, Australia98 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
It is very hot in Aswan when we were there…

The first mistake we made.. we didn’t read the reviews… second mistake we made, was not taking the camel ride!!

Since we never take the animal transport options, as we think it’s cruel.. particularly when hot.. well firstly the animals in Aswan are very well looked after, and secondly and most importantly, the camels handle the heat a hell of lot better then we do.

We walked up to the tomb of the nobles which was excellent, it was early in the morning.. our boat captain then took us to the location to walk up the hill to the monastery.. that’s when everything came
Crumbling down, it’s hot, and it’s a long walk in 40 degree heat…

So in a nutshell, TAKE the camel ride!!
Written 11 June 2022
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Musicians Mum
589 contributions
Mar 2022
Visited as an optional extra as part of small group tour from UK.
Access via little boat from Aswan over the Nile,then short walk until I mounted my camel for the 45 minutes to the monastery (10 minutes back as they take a different path to where the boat had travelled to embark for return)
Never one to pass up a ride on a camel and such a good way to approach this edifice. One could walk ..but why?The camels know the way ,even without the young lads "leading" them
The guard/guide showed us around with little English but expansive arm signals.
For anyone who loves a semi ruin ,great place.
This side of the Nile,opposite Aswan ,is on the edge of the desert ,worlds apart from the modern hotels on the banks of the Nile at Aswan.
Small antidote visit if "over Pharoed!"
Written 13 April 2022
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Bonnie D
Cedar Rapids, IA44 contributions
Mar 2022
Following the advice of others on this forum to visit the monastery, we chose to skip our large group's excursion to Abu Simbel and spend the day visiting Elephantine Island (see separate review), followed by San Simeon. We had a boat ride from the mainland to the island, and the boat came back for us at a pre-arranged time to take us over to the other side. Here we arranged for 2 camels. I had expected to bargain from the LE300 down to LE100 or so, but he didn't seem to budge lower than LE250. Riding the camel was a blast! The monastery was interesting. A man at the entrance where we paid admission took us around. His English wasn't great, but we got the gist of what he was saying; it was fine. Be prepared to tip the guide and also the camel guys. I would definitely not walk up there! Come here by camel for a unique and memorable experience!
Written 23 March 2022
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ravichandra108
Hyderabad District, India245 contributions
Nov 2021
The monastery of St. Simeon is in the desert, a short distance from Aswan on the western bank of the Nile. To reach the place, one needs to cross the river and then take a camel ride (it is possible to walk too, but may not be easy). The monastery is from the 7th century AD but is uninhabited today. One can see the cells where the monks lived in the millennia past and other aspects such as the kitchen. The place seems to get very few visitors. The entry fee is EGP 40, and the place closes at 4 PM. The effort to reach the monastery is really worth it, if only for the loneliness and the silence.
Written 25 December 2021
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Andrew Apples
London, UK50 contributions
Dec 2019
I have visited this site on numerous occasions and whilst its not a major site in the area it is certainly worth having a good guide, many travel by camel however ive always gone by road. Its certainly worth a walk along the road to also view the Aga Khan Mausoleum.
Written 13 November 2020
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Yasmin E
Cairo, Egypt289 contributions
Jan 2020
A very beautiful place and the tour guide there very rich with all information you may need about the place.
The view there is breathtaking and it’s very organized like it was 1500 years ago.
I felt so blessed and at such an honorable place.
I just wish the place take more advertisements and care from the government, it worth the visit.
Written 5 January 2020
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abadjulio
90 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
We went on one of the rent boats to Elefantina island swimming place and walked all the way to the monastery but it was closed, the views deserve the walk, then we went to Aga Khans Shrine but was also closed.
On the way we saw some tombs that had recently been robbed and saw a few parts of ceramics and mummies scattered all over the soil.
We went back to the harbour and had a swim.
Nice trip that takes a couple of hours.
We saw nobody all along our stroll by the way
Written 19 September 2019
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