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Do you think about taking your vacation in a nice calm and remarkable destination?  Aswan governorate in Egypt is your absolute choice!  It is located to the south of Cairo on the eastern bank of the Nile River.  People say that the Nile in Aswan is more fascinating than any elsewhere in Egypt.  There you will have the peace of mind and you will enjoy the charming nature.  Moreover, the surprising fact that Aswan has a huge number of Ancient Egyptian monuments despite being a small city is breathtaking!
Most of the visitors to Aswan take a Nile cruise to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Nile at winter.  Nubians have their own style of life, art, music, food and character.  People fall in love with the smiley kind faces of the Nubians and definitely fall in love with Aswan.

Aswan Attractions

Philae Temple

The temple has significant old and new history! On one hand, the ancient Egyptian Philae temple was dedicated to the fertility goddess Isis. It includes artifacts, scenes and statues from Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods.  On the other, the whole temple was dismantled and reassembled within the UNESO project to save it from a watery grave during the construction of Aswan High Dam.  In short, the temple is a key monument and one of Nubia's most prominent sites

Temple of Kom Ombo

The unusual double temple was built during the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and some additions were later added during the Roman era. It is recognized by the symmetrical interior design dedicated to two different gods; the crocodile god Sobek and Haroeris or Horus the Elder.  There are twin entrances, two courts, two halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for the two sets of gods.  Kom Ombo temple's walls are decorated with magnificent and well-preserved scenes.  It is also noteworthy to visit the new Crocodile Museum and see the mummified crocodiles and ancient carvings.   

The Unfinished Obelisk

Ancient Egyptian obelisks were tapered colossal pillars carved from one piece of stone, usually granite from the quarries of Aswan.  They were mostly placed at the entrances of the Ancient Egyptian temples.  The unfinished obelisk is a gigantic monument that was abandoned when cracks were formed in the granite.  If completed, the obelisk would have measured about 137 feet and estimated weight of 1,200 tons!  Despite the incomplete construction, the nowadays open-air museum of the unfinished obelisk gives great insight into the techniques used by the Ancient Egyptians for erecting such unique monuments.   

Nubian Museum

Built on a steep cliff overlooking the Nile River, The International Museum of Nubia is an archaeological museum in Aswan built in 1997 with the help of UNESCO.  The museum traces the culture and civilization of Nubia from 4500 BC to the present day.  The brilliant displays and exceptional collections make it an essential stop in a classical Aswan tour. 

Elephantine Island

The island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and it was considered the cult center of the ram-headed god Khnum.  People love to escape from the noisy city and stay on this calm, lovely and unspoiled island overlooking the charming Nile.

Kitchener's Island

Also known as Al Nabatat Island or Island of Plants, it is one of the best reasons to visit Aswan.  You can reach the breathtaking location by sailing on a local felucca to the eastern bank of the Nile opposite to the city of Aswan.  Enjoy a calming few hours in the green environment, have a glimpse of the rare palm trees scattered around the island and experience the view of the Nile together with the sound of birds!

Abu Simbel

located 280 kilometers south of Aswan, The Great Temple of Abu Simbel -together with the small one- are considered one of the most attractive monuments all over Egypt, not only because of both the old and new history of the site,  but also the amazing nature of the unique location in front of the Nile.  The two temples of Ramases II at Abu Simbel were totally dismantled and reassembled by the UNESCO project to save the Nubian monuments from flooding their original location

Aswan Market

Aswan market is a colorful open bazaar where you will find Egyptian and African merchandises.  It is famous for the cheap souvenirs, unique spices, henna powder, peanuts and Ancient Egyptians-styled customs

Temple of Dendera

This temple belongs to Hathor, goddess of love, joy and motherhood. It is situated 2.5 kilometers south-east of Dendera to the north of Luxor. Temple of Dendera is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. It has stunning structures such as the grand entrance, detailed carvings, hieroglyphs, and decorated colored ceilings.

Temple of Edfu

It is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt, located to the western shore of the Nile River in Edfu. It was built during the Ptolemaic dynasty dedicated to the falcon god Horus.  It provides important information about religion, myth and language during the Greco-Roman Dynasty in Ancient Egypt.  In addition, the walls of the temple are decorated with interesting scenes depicting the famous myth "the triumph of Horus over his enemy Seth".

The Aswan High Dam

The High Dam was built across the Nile between 1960 and 1970.  Its importance lies in controlling the annual flood, providing increased storage of water used for irrigation and generating hydroelectricity.  It has significant influence on the Egyptian economy and culture.  Supplying water and electricity to all of Egypt, the Aswan High Dam is considered a masterpiece in terms of engineering and an important stop while you are in Aswan. 

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