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Monastery of St. Simeon

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Address: Aswan, Egypt
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US$30.40*
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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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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... read more

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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Monastery of St Simeon - We were in Aswan to start our Nile Cruise. This was a nice excursion while we were waiting to sail. We took a private boat across the Nile. We did bring a guide with us but there are people at the site who are guides, I don’t know the price. We also thought this was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

This was somewhat underwhelming, but if you have time, take the time. Boat ride on the Nile, camel ride to the monastery, and an interesting tour of a Christian site. Climbing can be steep and without safety measures, so watch the kids.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

After a 40 minute camel trek to the monastery we learned about a relatively unknown part of Egyptian history. There is a young local guide on site who is quite good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Well worth a visit but take my advice, get a taxi, it's worth paying the extra. The other alternative is walking across the desert or going by camel. This place is amazing, it's HUGE and although it's in ruins, there is much to see. I loved it.

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