St. Simeon Monastery
The Monastery of St. Simeon is located near the Agha Khan Mausoleum on the west bank at Aswan, also known as “Deir Anba Samaan Heidra”, this monastery was founded in the seventh century, but it was destroyed; and rebuilt in its present form in the tenth century. The monastery consists of two levels and six-meter-high wall, giving it the form of military fortress. It is one of the best preserved monasteries in Egypt that is worth a visit.
There is a lack of information about this saint, he lived in the period between the last half of the fourth century AD and until the first half of the fifth century AD (350 - 395 AD), his real name was “samaan” which means “listens”.
And most of the existing buildings have been added to the monastery as a kind of expansion and renovation and rebuilding process of the original building of the old monastery, long time age the monastery was full of many monks as it contained back then 300 monks and about100 visitors.