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 outside of Palestine that the Holy Family ever visited, and ,as one of the first... 更多
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 spectacular new edifice, not open to tourists. Yeah, this isn't a review of the buildings,... 更多
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... 更多
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... 更多
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... 更多
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... 更多
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... 更多
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... 更多
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.
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.