The St. Simone Monastery
The Monastery of Saint Simone In Aswan
Constructed in the 7th century AD, The Saint Simone Monastery, situated on the West Bank of the Nile in Aswan, was once the residence and the worship place of a community of monks that exceeded 300 Egyptian Copts.
The Monastery of Saint Simone was deserted during the 12th century after the attack of the famous Arabian army leader and King Saladin.
Knowing that they are building a structure in the middle of the desert, the monks have originally constructed the monastery as a fortress and although most of the sections of the monastery are in ruins, the fortified walls and many parts of it are still quite impressive.