Monastery Of St. SimeonCurrently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
- Address: Aswan, Egypt
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 25 EGP
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Monastery , Archaeological Site
Monastery Of St. Simeon - Review
The monastery here was built on the ruins of an older one and dedicated to St. Simeon. For four centuries the monks here practiced converting Nubians to Christianity till Saladin destroyed the place. The complex has an upper and a lower level. It was once surrounded by a 10 metre high wall, a feature that allowed it to function as a fortress. There are cells here where monks and pilgrims slept; a basilica with faint frescoes. If you really want to know what the highlights are the best way to go about the is by first knowing what you’re going to want to see, then allowing the on-site ticket collector to take you around if he’s okay with it (make sure to tip him). Check out the upper terrace, the refectory, the cell with stone beds, the corridor in the keep, the scenes of Christ, the painting of the Virgin Mary and the painting of the 24 elders of the Revelation.
Monastery Of St. Simeon Information
- Carry water.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen.
- Take a guide book on the complex so you understand what you’re seeing.
How To reach Monastery Of St. Simeon by Public Transport
- The camel rides will cost you at least LE 30.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Monastery Of St. Simeon
22.32% of people who visit Aswan include Monastery Of St. Simeon in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
54.55% of people start their Monastery Of St. Simeon visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Monastery Of St. Simeon
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Monastery Of St. Simeon
Monastery Of St. Simeon Trips
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Monastery Of St. Simeon, Aswan Reviews
Boat trip over is great. Take bins for bird watching. 🐫 trip of 10 mins to monastery. Needs a guide to bring it to life. Don't expect the same wow factor as the ancient Egyptian temples.
Unique Nubian Coptic architecture, well preserved eve it's more than 15 centuries old, beautiful vaults and amazing stories... Must visit
Amazing place to visit , showing the transition of Pharos to Christianity
Saint Simeon Monastery Aswan known as Deir Anba Samaan. It also known as Anba Hatre Monastery. In fact, the tour to Saint Simeon Monastery Aswan also includes camel ride for about 15 minutes. The camel ride will be through ruins of the monastery. Saint Simeon Monastery Aswan located some one thousand two hundred meters from the west bank. It is opposite to the southern tip of Elephantine Island. The monastery given the name St. Simeon by archaeologists and travelers. The earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre or Hidra. It was after an anchorite who consecrated a bishop of Syene which is now Aswan. Anba Hatre married at the age of eighteen. According to the traditions, after the wedding, he encountered a funeral procession.
If you are an old stones lover , do not miss this place ! Full of history, and amazing place in between the green Nile and the desert ! Just on thing, if you visit the Nobles tombs before of after, it is not far, and yes, you can walk there , but mind you: the Sand can be super super hot !!!!!