Get off the ususal tourist trail in Aswan and explore the ancient monastery of St. Simeon. Explore the ruins of the building, located at the southern tip of Elephantine Island, with roots dating back to the 7th century.
What to Expect
Discover the site of St. Simeon Monastery on a half-day trip from Aswan, and explore the imposing, less explored fortress on the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Departing from your hotel or cruise ship, head for the island in the middle of the River Nile.
At the southern end lies the striking monastery of St. Simeon, originally named Anba Hatre Monastery. The principal church was built during the first half of the 11th century and is considered to be the oldest of its kind in Egypt. But the monastery was originally constructed around one of the pillars of St Simeon, a Christian ascetic saint who achieved fame after living for 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo.
A guide will take you to the monastery’s principle sites, such as the open air basilica and the keep, where up to 300 monks used to sleep. A Christian stronghold, the monastery was finally abandoned in 1173, after suffering a shortage of water and raids by marauding Bedouin tribes.
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