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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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A very peaceful place in Aswan

The Monastery is not a sight the usual tourist will go on Aswan but it's a underated gem! It's landscapes are beautiful and there are beautiful sights inside the museum that are... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Monastery is not a sight the usual tourist will go on Aswan but it's a underated gem! It's landscapes are beautiful and there are beautiful sights inside the museum that are worth the long and hot camel ride. Make sure to tip Mohamed (the guide) and access the beautiful views from the second floor!

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Lahore, Pakistan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult of access if you do not fancy camel-rides, this monastery sports a few gems and several esoteric-feeling spaces. The tour guide spoke little English but was both informative and entertaining. The view on the Nile from the top is baffling and the complex as a whole is riveting if you can make a little effort of imagination.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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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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... More 

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Utica, New York
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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... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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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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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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