When you want to spread out along the banks of the Nile then having a relaxation moment in Aswan is the way to go. The tranquil interlude that the town provides when you have arrived from the busier Luxor or Cairo makes this a destination that is immiscible. It caters for all tastes ranging from the historic attractions such as the imposing Abu Simbel Temples to the Egyptian Cultural Practices and stunning landscapes.
The Elephantine Island in Aswan
The elephantine island located in the middle of the Nile is a must thing place to see that you can’t miss to tour. It’s deemed to be the largest Aswan archipelago that traces the ancient history of Egypt. The island had a big fort that made it excellent as a defensive place for Aswan city and a natural cargo transfer point during the Nile river trade. The island has a museum that houses the mummified ram of Khnum who was the earliest deities displayed. The museum also showcased the artefacts that are dated back to the pre-dynastic times. The granite step pyramid which is a small shrine and third dynasty is the oldest ruin that stands on the island. The island is known to have a rare calendar i.e. The Elephantine Calendar which is one of the oldest nilometers in Egypt.
The Temple of Abu Simbel
The temple of Abu Simbel is one of the most admired ancient man-made monuments in Aswan. The complex has two temples which include the great temple and the small temple that were both created during the reign of Ramesses II. The temple was deemed to be holy to Egyptian goddess Hathor that making its location sacred. The gods of ancient Egypt Ptah, Amun Ra, Ra-Haroti, and defied Ramesses II were dedicated to the Great Temple in Abu Simbel, while the beautiful goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari were dedicated to the small temple in Abu Simbel. These evocative ruins are closed at the moment for renovation purposes.
This is a Northern Quarry that is characterized by many traces of the work of the ancient stonecutters. This is what makes this place to be regarded as the best location that you can tour.
Tombs of the Nobles
Aswan is honeycombed with the tombs of the Governors who were the Keepers of the gate of the South. This tombs are referred to as the Tombs of the Nobles and they are still excavated. At the moment 6 decorated Tombs are open for public viewing.
A trip to Aswan High Dam
The Aswan High Dam is the most controversial projects in the recent history since it destroyed many traditional Nubian villages and temples. The dam is succeeded to stop the flood of the Nile that provided highly fertile soil for farmers. The high dam is situated in the south of Aswan city, was built in 1961 to protect Egypt from the flood. During your tour of Aswan will discover the Nasser’s lake which became the largest artificial lake in the world. The environmental connotations, historical, political relationships that the dam provides make it a place for one to make a trip to Aswan.
Explore the Ancient Temple of Philae
The ancient Temple of Philae is where the Egyptian god Horus is revered. Main temple in Philae Island was dedicated to his mother the goddess Isis, now relocated to higher island after the old dam of Aswan was built, and the half temple was covered by the water, although the temple was erected during the Ptolemaic period, multiple ruins that are inscribed with the names of ancient pharaohs like Ramses II, it displays the different periods in Egypt’s history and civilization.
Nubian Museum in Aswan
Showing the masterpieces of statues, coffins, weapons and mummies with the modern annexe of the museum, The Nubian Museum provides wide knowledge on rich Nubian History, culture and life that were comes from the Nubia land in south of Egypt. At the entrance onto Nubian museum there is a scale model of the River Nile valley showing the Nile civilization and architectural sites that achievement.
Amidst all the relics of ancient Egypt, it is worth taking time out to visit the country’s great modern technological achievement south of town. A highway runs across the top of the dam past hydroelectric plant to an observation deck in the middle, overlooking Lake Nasser. The soviet-Egyptian cooperation that built it deserved something better than the ghastly gigantic monument at the west end of the dam.