Tour : Aswan- Half Day San Simeon Monastery

Spend the morning wandering round this Christian stronghold of southern Egypt, taking in its many sights and enjoying the cool morning air and crisp sunlight as it bounces off the sandstone walls of the Monastery.

St. Simeon (Deir Anba Sim'an) , the monastery is otherwise known as Anba Hatre who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (385-412 AD). Even though much of the monastery is in ruins, many of its main features are well preserved. It is of considerable architectural interest, for the church provides the most important example of an oblong, domed Christian church in Egypt and the keep, or tower, which served as a permanent residential complex, is the most developed of its kind.

Duration: 4 hours
Departure: 8 AM