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Nilometer

Roda Island, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Gem Hidden away

The Nileometer dates from the Abbasid period 8th-9th C. None of my local drivers knew where it was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
SLWS5775
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Jerusalem, Israel
Amazing

A medieval device to measure waterflows of the Nile. Constructed at the southern edge of Roda river... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
himdube
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New Delhi, India
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  • 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 yesterday

The Nileometer dates from the Abbasid period 8th-9th C. None of my local drivers knew where it was and we had to drive through some pretty poor areas to get to the southern tip of Roda Island. There is an entrance fee, and a park...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A medieval device to measure waterflows of the Nile. Constructed at the southern edge of Roda river island, the 1200 year old Nilometer is tucked away in the quiet Umm Kulthom Museum. The inside ceiling of the conical canopy housing the Nilometer is beautifully painted....More

Thank himdube
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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.

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

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
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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

1  Thank Robert937
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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 7 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
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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
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