Manasterly Palace Nilometer
Cairo’s nilometer is far more sophisticated than its ancient, pharaonic counterpart in Aswan, as it consists of a central stilling well lined with a 45-step staircase lining the pit all the way to the bottom. In the middle is a central pillar divided into 19 cubits, and is believed to have been used as the marker for the different water levels. An ideal flood level would have reached all the way up to the 16th cubit, anything more than this would mean destruction of permanent settlements situated usually outside of the Nile’s reach.
The Manasterly palace nilometer is a great day tour if you have a lot of time in Cairo and the surrounding areas. It is a great way to connect with the practicalities of life in Egypt, and the people’s agricultural reliance on the Nile floods no matter who happened to rule Egypt at the time.
- Watch your step when descending into the stilling well, as there is a lack of railings.
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