Monastery Of St. Simeon

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  • 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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  • Monastery Of St. Simeon Address: Aswan, Egypt
  • Monastery Of St. Simeon Timing: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Monastery Of St. Simeon Price: 25 EGP
  • Best time to visit Monastery Of St. Simeon(preferred time): 08:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Monastery Of St. Simeon: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 41.88% of people who visit Aswan include Monastery Of St. Simeon in their plan

  • 37.16% of people start their Monastery Of St. Simeon visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Monastery Of St. Simeon

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91.84% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Monastery Of St. Simeon

People normally club together Abu Simbel Temples and Elephantine Island while planning their visit to Monastery Of St. Simeon.

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  • 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 !!!!!

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