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Reviewed August 30, 2018

it,s the most ancient Coptic christian monument in Aswan city,date back to the seventh century AD,st.simeon was the bishop of the city ,still well preserved consist of 2 floors ,the first made out of mixed rough rocks and it was the monastery it self ,second...More

Thank Mahmoud H
Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

I was the only tourist there when I went and I think it is a massive shame that more people do not go! This is the best monastery I have seen in a long time. Yes it is in ruins but you can see the...More

1  Thank zoeevans2016
Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

It is a nice break from other crowded ruins. When we arrived we were the only tourist there. You take a water taxi over and it takes you past the botanical gardens so it is a nice ride. When you get to the entrance you...More

1  Thank Anthony D
Reviewed May 19, 2017

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...More

1  Thank João P
Reviewed April 29, 2017

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...More

2  Thank FlorentA23
Reviewed April 14, 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

Thank minanabil77
Reviewed March 26, 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...More

Thank Koen_h
Reviewed January 31, 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...More

1  Thank Rand C
Reviewed January 10, 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...More

1  Thank pat z
Reviewed November 1, 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...More

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No donkeys when I was there in January and to be honest I was the only person that went all day! I am not a fan of camel riding either but you can hardly walk in the sand going up so I did ride. It was ok and we went slowly... More
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