Discover Le monastère Saint Egypt

Built behind the Aga Khan Mausoleum, which was built in the first half of the 6th century, the St. Simeon Church, previously known as the Monastery of Anba Hatre, is the biggest and oldest Roman church in Egypt, as well as the best preserved. Initially dedicated to a local saint, Hadra, and partly destroyed during the Crusades by Saladin in 1173, the Saint-Simeon Monastery is a group of buildings separated by courtyards and surrounded by a high wall in the shape of a brick and stone trapeze. Hundreds of monks once lived here. The monastery was abandoned in the 13th century due to a lack of water.

From here you will have a breathtaking view of the city of Aswan, the desert and the Nile. The 8m-high walls, designed to protect the monks from looters, make the monastery look like a fortress.

This Coptic monastery contains four buildings where religious paintings and Coptic-style fabrics, an art form with Egyptian and Hellenistic influences, are preserved. A visit of the monks' accommodations is also very interesting; the building is very well-preserved despite the fact that the monastery is often besieged and flooded.

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