Monastery Of St Simeon In Aswan

This two storeyed monastery was first dedicated to the 4th-century local saint Anba Hedra. However, later in the 10th century it was renamed as the Monastery of St. Simeon where monks used to reside along with the visiting pilgrims. From here the monks used to travel to the neighbouring Nubia in order to fulfil their missionary duties. This included their activities to turn the Nubians towards Christianity. This brought wrath upon this monastery when Saladin destroyed this monastery in 1173AD. If you are planning to visit this site then you can walk around 25 kms from the boat landing towards this place or hire a camel to take you up. You can also reach here from the Tombs of the Nobles by a camel ride.

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