St Simeon’s Monastery

St Simeon's Monastery

Abandoned since Salahadin attacked in 1173 the 6th century St Simeon’s Monastery appears more like a fort than a place of theological study. Most people visit on camels to explore the still well-preserved walls and rooms that is one of the country’s best known Christian retreats. Visitors can wander alone or make use of the services of the famous local guide (actually the son of the original keeper) whose amusing attempts at explaining the history of the monastery are accompanied by face pulling which kids at least seem to enjoy.

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